Antony Blinken visits Israel on regional tour

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday began a new tour of the region, which will include Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The trip aims to avert an expansion of war in the Gaza Strip following the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri in a southern suburb of Beirut and two bombings in Iran that no one has claimed responsibility for.

Antony Blinken visits Israel on regional tour

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday began a new tour of the region, which will include Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The trip aims to avert an expansion of war in the Gaza Strip following the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri in a southern suburb of Beirut and two bombings in Iran that no one has claimed responsibility for.

No country has an interest in an escalation in the region," said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller at a time when criticism is mounting of the United States for its steadfast military support to Israel in its war on Gaza.

Miller did not provide details on the specific timetable of this visit and its main stop. However, it will be his fifth visit to Israel and his fourth to the region since last October 7.

The US claims that its behind-the-scenes pressure on Israel has paid off in recent days by allowing aid trucks into Gaza and opening a second crossing.

Shelling continues, civilians are killed and hunger and disease are spreading.

On Wednesday, Blinken said there was an urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and prevent an escalation of conflict in the region.

On his last visit to Israel the day before the truce ended on November 30, Blinken discussed with Israeli leaders opportunities to extend humanitarian ceasefires in the besieged enclave, but he left just minutes before the bombing again.

Blinken, U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attended the War Council meetings in Tel Aviv during their visit to Israel.

The American visits to the region came within the framework of supporting Israel and discussing prisoner exchanges and de-escalation in the region, in accordance with its stated goals.