US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday met Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and the two leaders held a joint press conference on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. During the briefing, Blinken said that Hamas is not representative of the Palestinian people or their legitimate aspirations for the future. Blinken said, “Hamas is a terrorist group and its only agenda is to destroy Israel and murder Jews. And it’s important that the entire world sees it that way. This is for greater clarity when it comes to Hamas.” It’s an important moment.”
Antony Blinken said no country should be expected to endure what Israel has just endured. More than 1,300 people from Israel and other countries were murdered by Hamas in Israel. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. Hamas is a terrorist group and its only agenda is to destroy Israel and murder Jews. It is important that the whole world sees it that way. He said that because Israel adheres to the legitimate right to defend its people and strives to ensure that this does not happen again.
Antony Blinken said it is important that we take care of all citizens and we are working together to do exactly that. In particular, working on establishing safe zones in Gaza, working on establishing corridors so that humanitarian aid can reach those who need it. None of us wants to see the suffering of civilians on any side, whether in Israel, Gaza or anywhere else.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said, “We need to quickly find a way to control the situation… at least stop the shelling and work towards solving the humanitarian challenges… in Gaza.” The humanitarian situation is dire. We need to work together to ensure that humanitarian relief is allowed to be delivered…We need to work together to find a way out of the cycle of violence.”