Middle East, Netanyahu says no to Blinken on an agreement with the end of the war


By John

The long meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has ended in Jerusalem. Netanyahu's office made this known. According to some US sources cited by the media, in the face-to-face meeting Blinken reiterated the Joe Biden administration's opposition to a military operation in Rafah, in the south of the Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he will not accept an agreement with Hamas that includes an end to the war. Journalist Barak Ravid reported this on Axios, citing US and Israeli sources. According to Netanyahu – he continued – if Hamas does not lower its demands there will be no agreement and Israel will enter Gaza.

Pizzaballa, something is moving but the situation is dramatic

“These are difficult but also hopeful moments because perhaps something is moving in the ongoing negotiations, let's hope, we must never give up. However, in any case the situation remains very dramatic, heavy, difficult. Beyond the military questions which still exist and are serious, there is the humanitarian issue in Gaza”. This was said by the Cardinal of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa at the end of the ceremony for the taking of possession of Sant'Onofrio in Rome.