Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Sunday the US is “working additional time” to confirm stories of lacking and useless Individuals abroad after Hamas launched an unprecedented assault in opposition to Israel.
“We’ve got stories that a number of Individuals have been killed. We’re working additional time to confirm that. On the identical time, there are stories of lacking Individuals and there once more, we’re working to confirm these stories,” Blinken advised CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
The large-scale shock assault by Gaza militants on Israel on Saturday has left lots of of Israelis useless, prompting vows of retribution from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a deadly volley of retaliatory Israeli airstrikes.
It’s unclear what Israel’s full response will appear to be. An Israeli navy spokesperson hinted that Israel might attempt to take full management of Gaza for the primary time since 2005, and greater than 20 communities close to Gaza are being evacuated.
Blinken mentioned an announcement on extra support to Israel in response to the assault might be introduced as quickly as Sunday.
“We’re particular extra requests that the Israelis have made – I feel you’re prone to hear extra about that later right now,” Blinken mentioned.
The highest US diplomat added that President Joe Biden’s course was to “be sure that we’re offering Israel every thing it wants on this second to take care of the assaults from Hamas.”
Talking from the White Home Saturday, Biden mentioned his administration’s assist of Israel’s safety is “rock strong and unwavering.”
“After I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning, I advised him america stands with the individuals of Israel within the face of those terrorist assaults. Israel has the suitable to defend itself and its individuals, full cease,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, the president and his high aides are contending with an advanced diplomatic scenario not like any earlier battle between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Republican presidential candidates have slammed the Biden administration, with former President Donald Trump – the front-runner for the GOP nomination – pointing to the administration’s unfreezing of Iranian funds to say that Biden “betrayed Israel.”
Blinken, nonetheless, reiterated on Sunday that no cash has been spent from the unfrozen funds meant for humanitarian functions.
“So individuals are both misinformed or they’re misinforming,” he mentioned. “And both approach, it’s unsuitable.”
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