Washington (QNN)- “The United States reaffirms its firm commitment to Israel’s security and will continue to work closely with it to advance peace in the region,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
“Great speaking with Gabi Ashkenazi today to discuss the steadfast partnership between the U.S. and Israel. Our commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct, and I look forward to working with the Foreign Minister and others toward our common goals,” Blinken wrote on Twitter.
Great speaking with @Gabi_Ashkenazi today to discuss the steadfast partnership between the U.S. and Israel. Our commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct, and I look forward to working with the Foreign Minister and others toward our common goals.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) January 28, 2021
In a call with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Blinken Praised the so-called “Abraham Accords” and affirmed U.S. interest in building further on that progress, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
I had a warm call with @secBlinken & affirmed Israel's commitment to the robust Israeli-US strategic partnership.
I welcomed very much the POTUS commitment to IL security.
— גבי אשכנזי – Gabi Ashkenazi (@Gabi_Ashkenazi) January 27, 2021
“Foreign Minister Ashkenazi and Secretary Blinken acknowledged the steadfast partnership between the United States and Israel, and that the two countries would work closely together on challenges ahead,” the statement read.
Blinken was a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, a national security adviser to Biden when he was vice-president, before becoming deputy national security adviser to Barack Obama and deputy secretary of state.
Blinken is Jewish and his stepfather was a Holocaust survivor.
Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the US, called Blinken “a great diplomat and true friend of Israel.”
In June 2020, Blinken reaffirmed Biden’s support for Israel and his opposition to the BDS movement.
“You can count on Joe Biden to make sure Israel has what it needs to defend itself, to honor the bipartisanship traditions of U.S. support for Israel, to safeguard, not put at risk, Israel’s future as a Jewish, and democratic state,” Blinken stated.
He added, “Joe Biden has spoken out strongly and stood strongly against the BDS movement. He’s also been very clear that he would not tie military assistance to Israel to things like annexation or other decisions by the Israeli government with which we might disagree.”