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Biden sends Blinken to the Middle East to shore up ties with Israel, reconnect with Palestinians

Added 05-24-21 08:03:02am EST - “President Biden said Monday he is sending Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Middle East to recommit the U.S. to Israel's security and rebuild ties with the Palestinian people and its leaders "after years of neglect."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Biden sends Blinken to the Middle East to shore up ties with Israel, reconnect with Palestinians”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden said Monday he is sending Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Middle East to recommit the U.S. to Israel’s security and rebuild ties with the Palestinian people and its leaders “after years of neglect.”

“Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my secretary of state, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week,” Mr. Biden said.

The visit follows 11 days of intense airstrikes between Hamas, a Palestinian militant group, and Israel, which struck Gaza.

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Some critics asked why the U.S. didn’t send an envoy to the region immediately. The White House said it engaged in exhaustive, off-camera efforts. 

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