Israeli Defence Minister meets with US Secretary of State

Israeli Defence Minister

TEL AVIV: Israel’s Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant hosted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in southern Israel. The Minister and Secretary visited Kibbutz Nir Oz, one of the communities that suffered a severe attack by the Hamas terrorist organization on October 7th. The Minister and Secretary also visited “Kerem Shalom”, one of the key land crossings used to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilian population in Gaza.

Upon arrival to the crossing, the Secretary, the Minister and their respective delegations received a professional briefing by senior security officials, focused on the efforts made to provide humanitarian aid, as well as the measures taken by the IDF’s Southern Command to streamline coordination and de-confliction with international partners and organizations. Later in the day, Minister Gallant and Secretary Blinken toured the various stations of the crossing, and overlooked the security and inspection process for incoming goods.

The parties discussed efforts to return the hostages held in Gaza, and the importance of continuing military operations in order to dismantle the Hamas terrorist organization.

“We are fighting Hamas, a brutal terrorist organization. We are not fighting the civilians in Gaza, and we will facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid,” said Gallant. “At the same time, as I said and mentioned to the Secretary of State, I would like to emphasize – this war was started by Hamas, a brutal terrorist organization that is located [mere] meters from the border of Israel, as a proxy of Iran. They attacked us on October 7th, killed more than a thousand innocent people, including kids, women, and men. [They] kidnapped more than 250 – 133 are still in Gaza. We are determined to destroy the Hamas organization and to bring the hostages back to their families.” (ANI/TPS)

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