Blinken discussed the situation in Gaza with Gantz

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has discussed with Israeli Minister Benny Gantz a proposal to reach a complete ceasefire in Gaza as part of a hostage release deal that would secure the release of all hostages and increase the flow of humanitarian aid throughout Gaza. The Secretary of State thanked Israel for this offer and stressed that Hamas should agree to the deal without delay.

This proposal would advance Israel's long-term security interests, including establishing peace along Israel's border with Lebanon, allowing Israelis to return to their homes.