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Global Leaders Unite in support of Israel amidst escalating conflict

October 10, 2023 4:53 PM IST

Justin Trudeau | U.S | U.N. | Ursula von der Leyen | Josep Borrell | Volker Tuerk | Narendra Modi | Joe Biden | Israel | Tayyip Erdogan | Rishi Sunak

In a world gripped by violence and uncertainty, leaders from around the globe have joined forces to stand firmly behind the State of Israel as it faces a wave of unprecedented attacks by Hamas terrorists. The international community’s resounding message: terrorism will never be justified, and the safety of civilians must be paramount.

On Sunday, U.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed his unwavering support for Israel in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing deep concern over the “unprecedented and appalling assault” by Hamas. The violent incursion by Hamas fighters on Israeli towns resulted in the tragic loss of Israeli lives and the abduction of dozens. President Biden pledged to work diligently to ensure Israel had the necessary resources to protect its citizens.

The sentiment of solidarity resonated across the Atlantic, with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasizing that Britain stands “unequivocally” with Israel. The Prime Minister reiterated the need for a unified international response to the attacks orchestrated by Hamas.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow upon learning of the terrorist attacks in Israel and conveyed India’s unity with the nation during these trying times. He extended heartfelt condolences and prayers to the innocent victims and their families, emphasizing the importance of global unity.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the terrorist attacks against Israel, asserting that “these acts of violence are completely unacceptable.” He affirmed Canada’s unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself, echoing the global call to protect civilian lives.

The European Union, through Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, unequivocally condemned the attacks by Hamas as “terrorism in its most despicable form.” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed these sentiments, expressing deep shock over the rocket fire from Gaza and the escalating violence while condemning the attacks by Hamas. France’s President Emmanuel Macron offered full solidarity with the victims and their families.

Morocco, a nation moving towards full diplomatic ties with Israel under the “Abraham Accords,” voiced deep concern over the attacks on civilians. However, Morocco’s Islamist PJD party diverged from the national stance by praising the Hamas attack, highlighting the complexity of the situation.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for restraint from all parties, while Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov urged restraint and affirmed Russia’s involvement in efforts to de-escalate the situation.

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese group and an arch-foe of Israel, expressed its support for the Palestinian resistance but also found itself on the receiving end of condemnation from many global leaders.

The international response underscored a shared commitment to the protection of civilians and a rejection of terrorism. As the conflict in the Middle East continues to escalate, the global community looks to leaders who are dedicated to finding a path to peace.

Even in these dire circumstances, leaders like U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Tuerk have called for a pullback from the brink and stressed that civilians must never be the target of attack.

As the world grapples with the unfolding crisis, leaders like UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have underscored their unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself.

The United Arab Emirates and Indonesia have called for an immediate ceasefire and maximum restraint to prevent further human casualties. Kenya and Uganda have condemned the violence while emphasizing the need for a peaceful resolution through the two-state solution.

In the face of adversity, global leaders have come together to express their solidarity with Israel and their commitment to the principles of peace, security, and the protection of civilian lives. As the world watches the situation in the Middle East unfold, these leaders send a clear message that terrorism will not be tolerated, and the path to peace must be pursued relentlessly.

(Inputs from REUTERS)

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