US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States strongly supports Israel’s right to defend itself against what he described as the indiscriminate rocket attacks of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
In statements during a hearing held by the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken stressed Israel’s responsibility to avoid civilian casualties as a democracy, he said. Read also Has the Gaza war changed the Biden administration’s foreign priorities? Hamas is winning the war and Egypt is regaining its regional role… Winners and losers in the last Gaza war Amounting to $236 billion, America’s military aid to Israel is under scrutiny
The US Secretary of State added that his country will allocate $10 billion from its budget in aid to support refugees, displaced persons and victims of conflict, and that these allocations will make the United States fulfill all its obligations towards its partners in the Middle East, such as Jordan and Israel, and re-provide relief to the Palestinian people.
With regard to Iran, the US Secretary of State said that Iran’s nuclear program is moving forward rapidly, and that the longer it continues, the shorter the time needed to build a nuclear weapon. He added that the United States would be in a better position to hold Iran accountable by standing with its partners and allies on a united front.
On the other hand, the US Secretary of State announced that the United States will soon begin negotiating a trade agreement with Taiwan, a move that would anger China, which considers the island an integral part of its territory.
“I know we’re engaged in talks with Taiwan, or we’re going to start them soon on some kind of framework agreement. And those talks should start,” Blinken said during the same hearing.