U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is rightly urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for a humanitarian cease-fire* in the Gaza Strip, but he’s not getting through.
It’s true that the U.S. administration never tires of pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a humanitarian cease-fire* in the Gaza Strip. It’s commendable when, for example, Secretary of State Antony Blinken calls for a way to restore the path to a two-state solution.
But at the same time, it’s sobering when even the U.S., Israel’s closest ally, hasn’t been able to get the idea through to Israel, although Washington has emphasized many times that Israel has the right and duty to defend itself in order to prevent any further terror attacks such as the one on Oct. 7.
But for the people of Gaza, this means that the nightmare is far from over. It will take weeks, if not months, until the Israeli army can weaken Hamas both militarily and politically to such an extent as to ensure that it is no longer a threat to the Israeli people.
*Editor’s Note: Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for a humanitarian pause in the war, not a cease-fire.