May 12, 2021

Amid warnings of a 'full scale war,' Biden administration dispatches envoy to Middle East

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: USA Today

Journalist Deirdre Shesgreen

The Biden administration dispatched a top State Department diplomat to the Middle East "immediately" to try to de-escalate the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday.

President Joe Biden faces growing pressure to help stem the violence and heightened international alarm over the spiraling death toll. The United Nations' special coordinator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, warned on Wednesday that the situation "is escalating toward full scale war."

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Authors

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...