WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated today the U.S. administration's commitment to a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, in a call to his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi.
Blinken told Ashkenazi that "the two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace alongside a viable and democratic Palestinian state," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
This marks a clear departure from the previous U.S. administration's policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Donald Trump's Middle East Peace Plan, which critics said was biased towards Israel.
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Antony Blinken also stressed the United States’ resolve to continue working towards a more stable Middle East, as well as its "continuing commitment to opposing unfair, one-sided actions against Israel in the multilateral arena."
This is the third known conversation between the two officials since the Biden administration took office last month. The first, which occurred one week into the administration, focused on regional security challenges and praised the Abraham Accords, a handful of U.S.-mediated normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab countries.
The second occurred earlier this month, when Ashkenazi attempted to rally Israeli allies to put pressure on the International Criminal Court to keep it from taking any additional steps against Israel.