Report: Blinken Cancels Planned Israel Visit


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken give a press statement after their meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Yerushalayim, on Jan. 30. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/POOL)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a planned trip to Israel, according to a Channel 13 report on Thursday evening

It was reported that Blinken was supposed to pay a quick visit to Israel as part of a Middle East trip, although he decided to cancel.

One senior Israeli political official said regarding the situation that “it is impossible to ignore the sensitive timing” of Blinken’s cancellation.

“It may just be a technical cancellation, the Americans are trying to drop the Iranian issue from the agenda until the elections. They realized that the nuclear issue cannot be stopped without military activity in Iran,” the official continued.

Iran has increased the level of enriched uranium from 25% to 60% and continues to violate the restrictions imposed on its nuclear activities as part of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015, which the U.S. under the Trump administration withdrew from, according to the IAEA.

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