U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority Wednesday and Thursday as part of Washington's efforts to build on the Gaza truce. Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States, said that Blinken’s visit to the region this week was amid a lack of any long-term strategy by Washington toward the Middle East. Ayalon also told reporter Arieh O’Sullivan that U.S. President Biden’s comments that the Middle East must recognized Israel as the Jewish state was a very important statement.