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Anthony Blinken

US Official: Successful Rescue Operation Complicates Efforts to Reach a Deal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday afternoon, June 10, where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Opposition Leader Yair Lapid, and President Isaac Herzog.

Blinken is expected to pressure the Israeli officials to accept the proposed ceasefire and hostage deal that President Biden presented at the end of last month.

A senior Biden administration official told American media that Israel’s operation which rescued the four hostages on Saturday is likely to complicate the Secretary of State’s efforts to reach such a deal.

According to the official, the successful operation increased Prime Minister Netanyahu’s determination to continue pursuing military operations, rather than agreeing to a ceasefire, while also hardening the Hamas leadership’s stance as well.

The official noted that while the rescue of the four Israeli hostages is welcome news, it is not going to change the status quo because there is still a significant number of hostages remaining, including five Americans believed to be alive. (INN / VFI News)

“Our Heavenly Father, we pray for all the remaining hostages and for a beneficial deal to be brought into fruition in the coming days. We pray in Yeshua’s name that further violence will be averted and that all hostages will be immediately released on favorable conditions for our nation.”