Blinken visits a donation center for victims of the Hamas attacks
Blinken visits a donation center for victims of the Hamas attacksJacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

The State Department on Wednesday released details of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to Israel.

Blinken will also travel to Jordan, Japan, South Korea and India during the trip, which spans from November 2-10, 2023.

“In Israel, Secretary Blinken will reiterate US support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism consistent with international humanitarian law and discuss efforts to safeguard US citizens in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, work to secure the immediate release of hostages, increase the pace and volume of humanitarian assistance entering Gaza for distribution to Palestinian civilians, and prevent the conflict from spreading,” the statement said.

“In Jordan, the Secretary will underscore the importance of protecting civilian lives and our shared commitment to facilitating the increased, sustained delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, the resumption of essential services, and ensuring that Palestinians are not forcibly displaced outside of Gaza,” it added.

“He will also discuss urgent mechanisms to stem violence, calm rhetoric, reduce regional tensions, and reaffirm the US commitment to working with partners to set the conditions necessary for a durable and sustainable peace in the Middle East, to include the establishment of a Palestinian state,” the State Department said.

Ahead of the visit, Blinken on Tuesday spoke via phone with President Isaac Herzog.

“The Secretary reiterated US support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism consistent with international humanitarian law and emphasized the need to take feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians,” said State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller in a statement released following the call.

“Secretary Blinken and President Herzog discussed efforts to safeguard US citizens in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza; continue working tirelessly to bring hostages home; increase urgently the pace and volume of humanitarian assistance that is entering Gaza for distribution to Palestinian civilians; and prevent the conflict from spreading,” he added.  

The visit will be Blinken’s second to Israel since the start of the war against Hamas.

During the previous visit, Blinken met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog.

He also held an emotional meeting with survivors of the Hamas massacre at the Supernova music festival.