US Stresses Opposition to Gaza Territorial Changes Amid Israeli Strikes/Reuters
US Stresses Opposition to Gaza Territorial Changes Amid Israeli Strikes
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his visit to Nigeria, reiterated the United States’ strong opposition to territorial changes in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s recent military actions following a Hamas attack. As concerns rise about the possibility of Israel establishing a buffer zone within Gaza, Blinken expressed support for temporary measures to prevent future attacks and ensure the safety of residents in border areas. However, he emphasized the importance of respecting the permanent status of Gaza and avoiding encroachments on its territory.
Blinken Supports Temporary Measures but Emphasizes Permanent Status of Gaza
Blinken acknowledged the right of Israel to take temporary measures in response to security concerns and the need to protect its citizens. He specifically addressed the aftermath of the significant Hamas attack on October 7, emphasizing the appropriateness of allowing affected people to return to their homes with the necessary security arrangements. While supporting transitional arrangements for these measures, Blinken made it clear that the United States remains resolute in opposing any permanent changes that encroach on Gaza’s territory.
US Maintains Clear Stance on Gaza’s Permanent Status
The United States, historically a key supporter of Israel both militarily and diplomatically, has consistently urged Israel to prioritize the protection of civilians. Blinken’s statements reflect the U.S. position on Gaza’s permanent status, emphasizing the importance of respecting its territorial integrity. As Israel responds to security challenges, the U.S. Secretary of State underscores the distinction between temporary measures and the long-term status of the Gaza Strip.