Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscored the Biden administration’s emphasis on “equal peace” between Israel and the Palestinian people after the most recent bloody conflict in the region.
The two countries agreed to an unconditional ceasefire after 11 days of fighting that led to intense international scrutiny and criticism of Israel’s response.
Critics – both foreign and domestic – have questioned President Biden about his position after reiterating his full support for Israel, but Blinken insists the administration wants to ensure equal peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“It is vitally important that Palestinians feel hope and have opportunities and can live in security as Israelis do,” Blinken told George Stephanopoulos. “And there should be equal measures. “
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“The president has made it clear that he remains committed to a two-state solution,” Blinken added. “Ultimately, this is the only way to secure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state and of course, the only way to give the Palestinians the state to which they are entitled. “
Blinken said that a big part of this process would be to make the Palestinian people feel “equal measures of security, peace and dignity”.
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However, progressive members of the Democratic Party have strongly opposed any support for Israel: Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Introduced a resolution on Thursday to force a vote on whether to block arms sales to Israel.
House Democrats, including Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., Mark Pocan, D-Wis., And Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Tabled a similar resolution on Wednesday.
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Rather, Blinken praised the president’s response and “the relentless emphasis on diplomacy… calm but effective” to ensure a ceasefire.
“If you go back and look at the previous seizures, they lasted a lot longer,” Blinken said. “But, of course, every day that these things happen, we see a tremendous loss in human life and human suffering. And we were determined to end it. ”
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He also said Biden would consult Congress on “any” arms sale, though the administration remains committed to “empowering Israel to defend itself.”
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.