US will make ‘significant contributions’ to rebuilding Gaza, Blinken says

US will make 'significant contributions' to rebuilding Gaza, Blinken says
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Benjamin Netanyahu
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Daily US Times: The US will make “significant contributions” to rebuilding Gaza which will be announced later Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Jerusalem.

Blinken said the United States would “work to ensure that Hamas does not benefit” from the aid.

Blinken said the losses on both sides in the conflict between Hamas and Israel were “profound.”

The US Secretary of State said: “Casualties are often reduced to numbers. But behind every number is a human being — a daughter, a son, a father, a mother, a grandparent, a best friend. And as the Talmud teaches, to lose a life is to lose the while world, whether that life is Palestinian or Israeli.”

According to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza, Israeli airstrikes during the recent conflict killed at least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children. At least 12 people in Israel, including two children, were killed by Hamas fire from Gaza, according to Israel’s military and the emergency service.

On Tuesday, Blinken was speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following discussions on the first day of his first official tour of the region.

He said the two had a detailed discussion about the security needs of Israel, including the Iron Dome defense system.

Netanyahu urged the United States not to return to the Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA. He said the deal would allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and said Israel reserved the right to defend itself.

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