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Netanyahu thanks US for support to Israel | Bennett joins anti-Netanyahu coalition

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(25 May 2021) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday thanked the US for its support, following talks in Jerusalem with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
Blinken arrived in Jerusalem at the start of a Middle East tour aimed at shoring up the Gaza cease-fire.
The 11-day Gaza war killed more than 250 people, mostly Palestinians, and caused widespread destruction in the impoverished coastal territory.
The truce that came into effect Friday has so far held, but it did not address any of the underlying issues.
Netanyahu, in his speech, reaffirmed Israel's commitment to self-defense against attacks from Hamas, and mentioned the need to work with Arabs and the Muslim world to expand normalization.
Netanyahu faces mounting criticism from Israelis who say he ended the offensive prematurely, without forcibly halting Palestinian rocket attacks or dealing a heavier blow to Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.
The Israeli leader also commented on Iran, saying his country would always defend itself against "a regime committed to our destruction, committed to getting the weapons of mass destruction for that end."
Blinken was later heading to Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has no power in Gaza and was sidelined by recent events.
He was also expected to visit neighboring Egypt and Jordan, which made peace with Israel decades ago and have acted as mediators in the conflict.
Egypt succeeded in brokering the Gaza truce after the Biden administration pressed Israel to wind down its offensive.

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