The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Tel Aviv. Secretary Blinken expressed sympathies for the victims of today’s terrorist attack and reiterated the United States’ ongoing support for Israel’s right, in compliance with international humanitarian law, to ensure that Hamas can never again repeat the October 7 attacks. Secretary Blinken and President Herzog discussed continuing efforts to secure the release of remaining hostages and to accelerate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. Secretary Blinken stressed the need to de-escalate tensions in the West Bank, including by Israel taking immediate steps to hold settler extremists accountable for violence against Palestinian civilians. Secretary Blinken emphasized the U.S. commitment to taking tangible steps to advance a Palestinian state living in peace, freedom, and security alongside Israel.

U.S. Department of State

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