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March 13, 2018 4:19 pm

Trump Administration Official: We Must Improve Humanitarian Situation in Gaza, Without Empowering Hamas

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An aerial view of the Gaza Strip. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

At a White House meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, all participants “left politics at the door” and “focused on practical solutions,” a top Trump administration official said afterward.

President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted:

In his speech at the gathering, Greenblatt said, “We all know that none of this will be easy. And, everything we do must be done in a way that ensures we do not put the security of Israelis and Egyptians at risk — and that we do not inadvertently empower Hamas, which bears responsibility for Gaza’s suffering. But the situation today in Gaza is unacceptable, and spiraling downwards.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt as he traveled to the inauguration of a waste treatment plant in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Greenblatt condemned that incident, saying:

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