Blinken's Israel Mission: Helping Gaza Without Strengthening Hamas

Jonathan Lis
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel on Tuesday in a bid to consolidate the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and ensure a long-term cessation of violence in the volatile Middle East.

Blinken is expected to travel between Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman in an effort to create a mechanism to deliver aid to residents of the Gaza Strip without the involvement of Hamas. His visit will come after the Defense Ministry announced on Monday evening that humanitarian aid would be allowed into Gaza as well as the expansion of Gaza's fishing zone.

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