Saturday, February 3

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has returned to the Middle East to participate in negotiations regarding the hostages held by Hamas, strategies regarding Israel’s defense against terrorists, and governance of Gaza. This is his fifth diplomatic trip to the region since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.

Secretary Blinken stated this week, “I think it’s very important to note that this is an incredibly volatile time in the Middle East. I would argue that we’ve not seen a situation as dangerous as the one we’re facing now across the region since at least 1973, and arguably even before that.”

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said, “These negotiations, our negotiations, are very, very active.” He referenced talks held between CIA Director William Burns, senior Israeli and Egyptian intelligence officials, and Qatar’s prime minister last weekend, saying, “We believe that the discussions have been productive. They’ve been moving in the right direction.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken to receive God’s wisdom as he discusses the dynamics and proposals for the Middle East.
  • For the peace of Jerusalem and discernment for Israeli governing officials.
  • For the president and his administration to be prudent in their engagement with both allies and adversaries.
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