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tv   Sec. of State Blinken Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Hold Joint News...  CSPAN  May 25, 2021 8:52pm-9:04pm EDT

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>> tony, welcome to your first visit as secretary of state. i have central running, we had a long discussion, but we are running late but i want to be brief and speak aboutut three things. the first, the act to president biden and you were firmly supporting israel's right of self-defense. i have to say that secretary previous capacity in 2014 we had another round against hamas aggression supported us by having iron dome replenishment that you personally shepherded through the system very quickly andhe we remembered and we are
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very grateful to you. you give meaning to this now again with replenishment of our interceptors that saved lives on both sides and we are grateful for that, we will give meaning to our commitment to self-defense hamas breaks the calm and attacks israel, our response will be very powerful and we have discussed ways how to work together to prevent hamas army with weapons and means of aggression. the second is naturally around, we've discussed many issues but none is greater than iran and i can tell you that i hope united states will not go back to the old jcp l.a. because we believe that deal paves the way for iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons when international legitimacy.
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also whatever happens, a israel will always reserve the right to defend itself against the regime committed to our description, committed to getting the weapons. the third is peace. we need to work together for normalization betweenwe israel d arab and the muslim world and peace treaties we already have. we discussed also how to improve the lives and conditions of the palestinians, humanitarian conditions in gaza including the question of the return of our mia and two civilians were there as well as the economic growth for the west bank with international cooperation and participation.
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the piece itself, i think president biden was correct when he said you're not going to get these until israel is recognized as an independent jewish state and that is the key, i couldn't agree with more with president biden and i couldn't be happier and welcoming here in jerusalem. we have a lot to work for. have common goals of peace, security and prosperity and i look forward to working with you on that and more so welcome. >> thank you very much, thank you for hosting us today, thank you for the very good and lengthy conversation. i'm looking forward also to spending more time with some of our colleagues. as well as later the president
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and other palestinian leaders. president biden asked me to come here today really for four reasons. first, to demonstrate the commitment of the united states to israel's security. to start to work toward greater stability and reduce tensions in the west bank and jerusalem, to support urgent humanitarian reconstruction assistance for gaza, people and rebuild our relationship with the palestinian people and authority. behind the scenes diplomacy led by president biden working closely with the prime minister helped produce last week cease-fire. now we believe we must build on it. it starts with the recognition that losses on both sides were profound. casualties are often reduced in numbers, behind every member is
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an individual, a daughter or son, father or mother,a grandparent, a best friend and they teach to lose a life is to lose the whole world whether that life is palestinian or israeli. i underscored the prime minister something president biden made crystal clear throughout the violence. the u.s. fully supports israel's right to defend itself such as the thousands fired by hamas indiscriminately against israeli civilians for the president, i think as many of you know, this commitment is personal and runs deep. he has been one of israel's most the past supporters the last 50 years having worked closely with every prime minister starting now with prime minister netanyahu. we had a detailed discussion about israel's security needs replenishing iron dome
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and we will continue to strengthen all aspects of long-standing partnerships and thatre includes consulting closy israel as we did today on the ongoing negotiations around potential return to the iran nuclear agreement and at the same time we continue to work together to counter iran's destabilizing actions in the region. we know to prevent the return to violence we have to use the space created to address a larger set of underlying issues and challenges and applicant the humanitarian situation in gaza and started to rebuild. the u.s. will work to rally international support around that effort butut also make our own significant contributions including some i'll announce later today. working closely with all to ensure hamas does not benefit from reconstruction assistance. at the same time we need to work
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to expand opportunity for palestinians in gaza including by strengthening trade and investmentat and investment and will help foster a more stable environment that benefits palestinians and israelis. ... and we very much welcome the
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statements of the pie minister and that his government made condemning the attacks regardless of whom they targeted. in our own country in the united states, we've witnessed a shocking eruption of anti-semitic attacks as -spresident biden said just yesterday, they are despicable and they must stop. there's a lot of hard work to restore some trust but we've seen the alternative and i think that should cause all of us to redouble our efforts. thank you so much for all the time and conversation and we look forward to doing a lot of work together. >> thank you for your strong statements against anti-semitism masquerading. you took a bold position and we
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appreciate it. all decent people appreciate that stance. thank you.
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>> examined the issue on domestic violence and how the military response and prosecute such cases. military and defense department officials of domestic violence survivor and the head of an advocacy group for victims all testified before the house armed services subcommittee. this runs one hour and 45 minutes. >> -- military personnel subcommittee and we are now going to bring this committee hearing to order. i want to welcome everyone. this is going to be a virtual hearing and we have a very important topic to talk about today. first, let me welcome the new ranking member to the committee, congressman


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