Blinken Dispatched to Middle East amid Israel-Gaza Truce

(New York Times) Lara Jakes - Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East this week to try to bolster the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but he intends to steer clear of longer-term peace talks that currently have almost zero chance of success. Landing in Israel on Tuesday, Blinken will also visit Ramallah, Cairo and Amman. The U.S. considers Hamas a terrorist organization and does not deal directly with the group. In the past few weeks it has relied on Egypt and to a lesser extent Jordan, Qatar and Turkey to act as intermediaries.

2021-05-25 00:00:00

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