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Blinken says daily toll in Gaza too high, Israel genocide charge meritless

Blinken says daily toll in Gaza too high, Israel genocide charge meritless
US secretary of state, Antony Blinken at a news conference at the US State Department in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, 20 December 2023. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

TEL AVIV, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the United States believes South Africa's genocide charge against Israel is "meritless," but the daily toll of war on civilians in Gaza is far too high.

Blinken made the comment at a press conference after talks in Tel Aviv with Israeli leaders.

Blinken said Palestinians must be able to return home as soon as conditions allow and cited an agreement on a plan for the United Nations to carry out an assessment mission in Gaza.

Blinken said the United States rejected any proposals advocating a resettlement of Palestinians outside Gaza and stressed that the Palestinian authority has responsibility to reform itself.

Blinken, who visited several other countries in the Middle East this week, also said that many countries in the Middle East are ready to invest in the future of Gaza, but only with a clear pathway to a Palestinian state.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom; editing by Deepa Babington)

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  • Iam Fedup says:

    What Blinken is actually saying is that SA’s credibility – it that of the ANC – is what is meritless. We all agree that the suffering must stop, but with its hypocrisy, record of utter stupidity and incompetence, and gigantic immorality, the government has no right to speak out. The pimps in the ANC leadership speak out against crime while encouraging the prostitutes to keep working in the whorehouse.

    • Philip Machanick says:

      The ANC has no credibility as a government. However the case is put together by an excellent legal team and the evidence is pretty compelling – particularly when major leadership figures in the Israeli government are quoted using genocidal language.

      Some of the legal team have played major roles in cases affirming our rights, often in opposition to the government. They are highly credible.

  • Ann Bown says:

    Blinken is blinkered in this matter…he has sufficient power to stop these daily massacres but chooses to blah blah and haw haw. Despicable!

  • Gaza should be compared with Auschwitz ( Germany ) the only difference is the method and amount of killings, but the principle is the same. Shame on you Israel.

  • Joan Panter says:

    South africa has tremendous problems of their own, rather sort out their electricity, joblessness, murders, robberies etc, then meddle with other countries affairs

  • The SA anc fascist and racist government gets funding from the terrorist organization hamas leaders who are multi millionaires and sit safely in Qatar ; as self proclaimed “non aligned ” the SA anc government should attend first to domestic issues such as GBV and killing of white farmers .

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