The Guardian • Issue #2103

Blinken ‘acting like Israel’s foreign minister’

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State. Photo: US Department of State (CC0)

Hamas officials have accused Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, of bias as negotiations over a possible ceasefire continue.

Hamas official Taher Al-Nunu told Al Jazeera that Blinken “lacks neutrality. He lacks even-handedness. He operates with double standards. He is trying to portray the [Palestinian] resistance as if it is the party obstructing the deal.”

Blinken, for his part, has accused Hamas of obstructionism, saying that they had proposed changes that “go beyond positions that it had previously taken and accepted.” He also said that the Israeli war on Gaza would continue “as a result.” Blinken has tried to put the blame on Hamas, saying that there had been “a deal that the entire world is behind, a deal Israel has accepted. And Hamas could have answered with a single word: Yes.”

US President Joe Biden has said that the ceasefire would include a permanent end to hostilities and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

The Prime Minister of Qatar, which is hosting the talks, has called for a “sustainable solution” with a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as a capital, based on the 1967 borders.

US President Joe Biden has called for a two-state solution, something Israeli PM Natanyaju still rejects.

The USA gives Israel US$3.8 billion per year in military aid.

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