Blinken tells Israel: Palestinians should enjoy same rights, freedoms as you do

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the release of the “2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” at the State Department in Washington, DC on March 30, 2021. (photo: Mandel Ngan / Pool / AFP)
US secretary of state to Foreign Minister Ashkenazi: ‘Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy’

By AFP and TOI Staff | The Times of Israel |  Apr 3, 2021

“We believe when it comes to settlement activity that Israel should refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and that undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,”
— Ned Price, State Department spokesman 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Friday on Israel to ensure “equal” treatment of the Palestinians as the new US administration cautiously steps up efforts for a two-state solution.

In a telephone call with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Blinken “emphasized the administration’s belief that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Blinken also committed to Israel’s security, the “strengthening all aspects of the US-Israel partnership” and voiced support for the Jewish state’s agreements over the past year to normalize relations with four more Arab nations.

The call came amid another spell of political uncertainty in Israel, after last week’s inconclusive election, Israel’s fourth in two years.

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