US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday there is "an extraordinary opportunity" in the coming months for Israel to normalize ties with its Arab neighbors, though he also stressed the need for the creation of a Palestinian state.

The top US diplomat said there were genuine efforts led by Arab countries to revitalize the Palestinian Authority so it can be more effective in representing the Palestinian Arabs, according to a report in the Reuters news agency.

"Virtually every Arab country now genuinely wants to integrate Israel into the region to normalize provide security commitments and assurances so that Israel can feel more safe," Blinken was quoted as having said during a panel discussion at the annual Munich Security Conference.

"And there's also, I think the imperative, that's more urgent than ever, to proceed to a Palestinian state that also ensures the security of Israel," he added.... Read More: Arutz-7