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Scoop: Democratic senators urge Blinken to press Israel on Gaza reconstruction

Fifteen Democratic senators have written to Secretary of State Tony Blinken urging him to press Israel to allow into the Gaza Strip materials needed for reconstruction and humanitarian aid. The effort is led by Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

Why it matters: The U.S., Egypt, Qatar and others have committed to rebuilding Gaza — where many homes, health care facilities and schools were destroyed in the fighting and crucial water infrastructure was damaged — as well as providing humanitarian aid. But Israel is threatening to hold up that process.

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