US Secretary of State Blinken leaves for Middle East trip

On Monday the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs for a Mideast trip aimed at consolidating the cease-fire that brought 11 days of deadly bombardment between Israel and Hamas to a halt.

“Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

“He will continue our administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”