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Antony Blinken Advocates Palestinian Statehood at Davos Summit

January 17, 2024
Antony Blinken

DAVOS, January 17, 2024 — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, making a compelling case for the establishment of a Palestinian state as a pivotal step towards ensuring Israel’s genuine security. Asserting that this move would be both an ethical imperative and a strategic maneuver, Blinken urged world leaders to recognize the critical role it plays in fostering regional unity against common threats.

Blinken highlighted the potential for integrating Israel into the Middle East, presenting a pathway to regional cooperation against shared adversaries, particularly Iran and its affiliates such as the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Emphasizing the importance of a unified Palestinian government, Blinken called for a time-bound, irreversible two-state solution, a sentiment echoed by other leaders present at the forum.

In a significant diplomatic push, Blinken underscored the potential for normalizing ties between Israel and Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia. He suggested that the establishment of a Palestinian state could pave the way for the revival of a deal between Riyadh and Jerusalem, which could redefine the geopolitical landscape of the region.

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Addressing the forum, Blinken outlined what he termed a ‘new equation’ in the Middle East, where Israel’s Arab and Muslim neighbors are increasingly willing to integrate the nation into the region, contingent upon progress towards Palestinian statehood. This shift in attitude, particularly from nations like Saudi Arabia, signifies a transformative period in Middle Eastern politics, offering the potential for a more secure future.

However, the road to regional integration poses substantial challenges, primarily due to the current stance of Israel’s right-wing government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Blinken urged Israel to view the current moment as an inflection point, requiring decisive action to address the ongoing human tragedy in the region.

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