Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

This is a modal window. This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_SRC_NOT_SUPPORTED Technical details : No compatible source was found for this media. Session ID: 2024-01-10:b021df5198376cb1b847f91f Player Element ID: 6344567240112 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good evening. This is my fourth trip to Israel since the horrific Hamas attacks of October 7th, so I’m here just over three months – 95 days – since those attacks occurred. We know that for the people who were most affected by the attacks and the conflict that’s followed, time moves differently. Immediately before this, I met with the families of hostages being held in Gaza and with hostages who’ve been released. Several of those families I’ve now met multiple times. For them, every day, every hour, every minute that they’re separated from their loved ones is an eternity. Time feels different for families in Gaza as well, hundreds of thousands of whom are experiencing acute food insecurity. For the mother or father trying to find something to feed a hungry child, the passage of another day without food is excruciating. Time also feels different for Israelis and Palestinians whose innocent loved ones have been killed. For them, time often falls into “before” and “after” – the “after” filled with a loss that most of us will never know and cannot fully imagine. And those are just a few examples of how heavy these 95 days have felt – and continue to feel – for the people most affected by this conflict. This immense human toll is one of the many reasons that we continue to stand with Israel in ensuring that October 7th can never happen again. It’s also why we’re intensely focused on bringing the remaining hostages home, addressing the humanitarian crisis and strengthening protection of civilians […]

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