Faced with fears of a regional conflagration between Israel and Hamas, the Americans and Europeans are continuing their diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.
Antony Blinken continues his tour in the Middle East where he met several Arab leaders. The head of American diplomacy visited Qatar on Sunday. And as fears of a regional escalation of the conflict increase, the American secretary of state estimated that the war between Israel and Hamas could well metastasize.
Faced with a death toll that exceeds 22,700 according to Hamas, Antony Blinken declared that it was “imperative” that Israel do more to protect civilians.
“Too many Palestinian civilians face a lack of food, water, medicine and other basic necessities. Children, especially,” said Antony Blinken.
The Europeans are also continuing their diplomatic efforts in the region. The German Foreign Minister met with President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem on Sunday. For Germany, Israel must carry out a less intensive military operation.
“It is increasingly clear that the Israeli military must do more to protect civilians in Gaza. It must find ways to fight Hamas without harming so many Palestinian lives,” said Annalena Baerbock.
After Lebanon, where he declared that “no one will emerge a winner from a regional conflict”, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell went to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
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