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G7 accents Gazan aid, makes passing mention of Hamas

The Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, UK and U.S. foreign ministers added that they are committed to “a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Brussels, Belgium, during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting on Nov. 28, 2023. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S.State Department.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Brussels, Belgium, during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting on Nov. 28, 2023. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S.State Department.

A statement of the G7 foreign ministers on “the situation in Israel and Gaza” on Nov. 28 devoted some 7% to Hamas’s terror attacks on Israel, while about 295 of the nearly 400 words (75%) addressed humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip.

The Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, U.K. and U.S. foreign ministers, as well as the high representative of the European Union, wrote that they “welcome the release of some of the hostages seized on Oct. 7 by Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and the recent pause in hostilities that has allowed a surge in humanitarian assistance to reach Palestinian civilians in Gaza.”

The G7 called for the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages, and stressed “Israel’s right to defend itself and its people, in accordance with international law, as it seeks to prevent a recurrence of the Oct. 7 attacks.”

The statement did not mention how many hostages terrorists are holding in Gaza or that Hamas had broken the ceasefire earlier in the day. It also didn’t mention the hero’s welcome that freed terrorists are receiving after their exchange for Israeli women and children.

Instead, the G7 leaders expressed appreciation to “the United States and countries in the region, especially Qatar and Egypt, and their tireless efforts to secure this and future pauses. We support the significant efforts of the United Nations to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance during this pause.” (U.N. leaders at the highest levels have blamed Israel for being attacked by Hamas terrorists, and U.N. Women has been accused of being silent about the rape and assault of Israeli women.)

The foreign ministers did mention the need to address “the full scope of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza” and called “on all parties to build on the provisions of the deal and to ensure greater humanitarian aid continues to reach civilians in Gaza on a sustained basis.”

“Every effort must be made to ensure humanitarian support for civilians, including food, water, fuel and medical supplies,” the G7 leaders said. “We support the further extension of this pause and future pauses as needed to enable assistance to be scaled up, and to facilitate the release of all hostages.”

The leaders also said that the conflict must not escalate further and singled out the Houthis, whom they said must “immediately cease attacks on civilians and threats to international shipping lanes and commercial vessels,” including releasing a ship and its crew that were seized on Nov. 19.

“We remain committed to a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution that enables both Israelis and Palestinians to live in a just, lasting and secure peace,” they stated.

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