Blinken: Israelis and Palestinians should have 'equal' rights

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In a telephone call with Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken "emphasised the administration's belief that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told his Israeli counterpart that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy "equal measures" of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy.

Blinken's comments reflected more of a focus on the Palestinians than the pro-Israel policy conducted by US President Joe Biden's Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

Blinken made the point in a phone conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

A statement from State Department spokesman Ned Price said the two leaders discussed regional security challenges, humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, and the normalisation of relations with Arab and Muslim majority countries.

'Equal measures of freedom, security'

Trump last year helped seal normalisation deals between "Israel" and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

Biden has yet to focus heavily on adding more countries to the list. Some Arab countries want to see the long-standing dispute between "Israel" and the Palestinians resolved before agreeing to a deal.

"The secretary emphasised the administration’s belief that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity, and democracy," Price said.

He said Blinken reiterated the United States’ "strong commitment to "Israel" and its security and looks forward to strengthening all aspects of the US-Israel partnership."

Source: This news first appeared in TRT World, along with the cover photo, captioned as: 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, US, on March 30, 2021. (Reuters)

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