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World leaders condemn Hamas terror, call for immediate stop

Egypt is in contact with Israel, Palestinians and UAE to de-escalate

Firefighters try to put out burning cars at the scene where a rocket fired from Gaza hit and caused damaged in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva, October 7, 2023. Photo by Dudu Greenspan/Flash90

Leaders and politicians from around the world condemned the large-scale terror attack by Hamas against Israel on Saturday morning, which has so far led to at least 100 dead and over 1,000 injured Israelis.

U.S. President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, assuring him that the United States stands alongside Israel and fully supports its right to self-defense.

Netanyahu thanked Biden for the unreserved support and made it clear that a forceful, prolonged campaign – which Israel will win – is necessary, according to the Prime Minister's office.

White House National Security Council spokesperson said the U.S. “unequivocally condemns” attacks by the Palestinian group Hamas against Israeli civilians and firmly stands with the government and people of Israel," according to CNN.

The report added that U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke to his Israeli counterpart, Tzachi Hanegbi, and would remain in close contact.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media account that Israel had "every right to defend itself with overwhelming force."

He added, "Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration, We brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid pace than anyone thought possible. Here we go again." 

Egypt, which is traditionally one of the most important middlemen in negotiations between Israel and Hamas, issued a warning about the “grave consequences” of escalating tensions and called for “maximum restraint and avoiding exposing civilians to further danger.”

Egypt’s Foreign Minister also discussed the situation with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Abdullah bin Zayed, in an effort to de-escalate the situation and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the country is in contact with both Israel and Palestinian representatives.

French President Emmanuel Macron provided a statement on Saturday.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that are currently hitting Israel. I express my full solidarity with the victims, their families, and those close to them.”

Macron later called Netanyahu to express his full support for Israel.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Netanyhau as well to declare his support for Israel's right to defend itself.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said, “The UK unequivocally condemns the horrific attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians. The UK will always support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed shock over the attacks, adding, “We're in contact with Israeli authorities, and British nationals in Israel should follow travel advice.”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also spoke out against the Hamas attacks in a statement.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Israel from Gaza. Violence and rockets against innocent civilians must stop now. We stand in full solidarity with Israel and its right under international law to defend itself against terror.”

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said: “We unequivocally condemn the attacks by Hamas. This horrific violence must stop immediately. Terrorism and violence solve nothing. The EU expresses its solidarity with Israel in these challenging times.”

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the ongoing “terror attacks,” affirming their "support for Israel in its right to defend itself and its people.”

Austria's Foreign Ministry in Vienna flew the Israeli flag on top of its building to show solidarity with Israelis suffering under the Hamas' wave of terror attacks since early Saturday morning.

"We stand in solidarity with our Israeli partners. There is no excuse for terror!" the Foreign Ministry stated.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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