When asked whether he regards Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Blinken replied “I do, yes. And, more importantly, we do.”
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He elaborated, saying that “This is an important step forward. Whenever we see Israel and its neighbors normalizing relations, improving relations, that’s good for Israel, it’s good for the other countries in question, it’s good for overall peace and security and I think it offers new prospects to people throughout the region through travel, through trade, through other work that they can do together to actually, materially improve their lives, and that’s a good thing.”
“In the first instance, now, it’s “do no harm.” We’re looking to make sure that neither side takes unilateral actions that make the prospects for moving towards peace, and a resolution, even more challenging than they already are. And then, hopefully, we’ll see both sides take steps to create a better environment in which actual negotiations can take place.”
“If Iran returns to compliance with those obligations in the nuclear agreement, we would do the same thing, and then we would work with our allies and partners to try and build a longer and stronger agreement, and also bring in some of these other issues, like Iran’s missile program, like its destabilizing actions in the region, that need to be addressed as well.