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G7 countries ‘fully endorse’ ceasefire deal that Biden outlined

The seven countries called on Hamas to accept the deal and for a two state solution.

The Group of Seven (G7) flag, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. Credit: Shutterstock.
The Group of Seven (G7) flag, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. Credit: Shutterstock.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States released a statement on Monday endorsing “fully” and standing behind the “comprehensive” deal that U.S. President Joe Biden outlined on Friday.

The G7, a group in which the European Union is a “non-enumerated member,” stated that the deal “would lead to an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages, a significant and sustained increase in humanitarian assistance for distribution throughout Gaza and an enduring end to the crisis, with Israel’s security interests and Gazan civilian safety assured.”

“We reaffirm our support for a credible pathway towards peace leading to a two state solution,” the G7 added. “We call on Hamas to accept this deal, that Israel is ready to move forward with, and we urge countries with influence over Hamas to help ensure that it does so.”

“In a world that hasn’t forgot what’s right and what’s wrong, the G7 leaders statement wouldn’t be just ‘we call on Hamas to agree,’” wrote Nadav Pollak, a lecturer at Reichman University.

“It will be ‘it’s Hamas last chance to return the hostages peacefully. If it says no now, G7 countries will assist Israel’s war against Hamas,” he added.

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