Blinken Seeks To Fix Palestinian Ties On Maiden Mideast Trip

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with reporters during a news conference at his hotel, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

(AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced plans to reopen a key diplomatic outreach office to the Palestinians and pledged nearly $40 million in new aid. The moves reverse key policies of the Trump administration.

During his first official trip to the Middle East, Blinken on Tuesday moved to bolster the embattled Palestinian government in the West Bank. A main goal of the trip was to shore up a cease-fire that ended 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. But Blinken made clear that the Biden administration plans a more even-handed approach in the region than his predecessor.

President Donald Trump sided with Israel on virtually every area of disagreement with the Palestinians.


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