Blinken pushes deal with Israel centrists as truce elusive

Gantz, in a separate X post, said he spoke to Blinken about bringing in an “international actor” that can deliver aid into Gaza away without diversion to Hamas.

“The continued delivery of humanitarian aid cynically intercepted by Hamas enables them to continue governing, harms the civilians of Gaza and only prolongs the suffering and fighting,” Gantz wrote.

Blinken has pressed Israel to let more assistance to Gaza, where the United Nations has voiced fears of famine and most buildings lie in rubble, but Israel has cited security concerns for strict limits on entry into the blockaded territory.

In a plea at a news conference on Wednesday, Blinken said Israel should not “dehumanise” Palestinians in the way Hamas did to Israelis on Oct 7.

“The overwhelming majority of people in Gaza had nothing to do with the attacks of Oct 7, and the families in Gaza whose survival depends on deliveries of aid from Israel are just like our families,” Blinken said.

Hamas militants on Oct 7 killed about 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Israel’s military response has killed at least 27,840 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

Militants also seized around 250 hostages on Oct 7. Israel says 132 remain in Gaza, of whom 29 are believed to have died.

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