Blinken presses Israel on Gaza’s future; Netanyahu denies plan to displace Palestinians

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday after encountering resistance in earlier meetings with Israeli officials over the treatment of Palestinians and a plan for Gaza’s future. After his own meeting with Blinken, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening that Israel has “no intention” of permanently occupying the Gaza Strip or displacing its civilian population.

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