In the wake of the recent escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict in 2023, world leaders have expressed their deep concern and called for immediate de-escalation. Here, we present the statements from key nations, underlining their positions on the ongoing crisis.
United States Stands with Israel
Joe Biden, President of the United States, spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the alarming Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. He offered unwavering support for Israel’s security and extended condolences to the families affected. President Biden emphasized that the United States stands firmly with the people of Israel.
“Today, I spoke with @IsraeliPM about the appalling Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. I offered our support and reiterated my unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. The United States stands with the people of Israel.”
Read President Biden’s full statement
United Kingdom Condemns Violence
Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, expressed shock at the attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli citizens. He affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself and offered support to Israel during this challenging time. The UK is in close contact with Israeli authorities, providing travel advice to British nationals in Israel.
“I am shocked by this morning’s attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli citizens. Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. We’re in contact with Israeli authorities, and British nationals in Israel should follow travel advice.”
Read Prime Minister Sunak’s full statement
France Stands with Israel
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, reached out to both President Herzog and Prime Minister Netanyahu, condemning the attacks from Gaza on Israel, its soldiers, and its people. France expressed solidarity with Israel and its commitment to Israel’s security and right to self-defense.
“I have spoken to President Herzog and Prime Minister Netanyahu. I condemn the attacks carried out from Gaza on Israel, its soldiers and its people. France stands in solidarity with Israel and the Israelis, committed to their security and their right to defend themselves.”
Read President Macron’s full statement
Russia Calls for Ceasefire
While Russian President Vladimir Putin did not make an official statement, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, expressed deep concern over the escalating conflict. Russia called for an immediate ceasefire, protection of civilians, and restraint from all parties involved. This highlights the international community’s growing concern over the situation.
“Russian FM Spokesman Kanaani reacted to the current developments in occupied Palestine & the attack by the Palestinian resistance groups against the Zionist occupiers…”
Read Russia’s full statement
Germany Strongly Condemns Terrorism
Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister of Germany, strongly condemned the terrorist attacks by Palestinian factions from Gaza against Israel. Germany emphasized the importance of Israel’s right to defend itself under international law. The Foreign Minister called for an end to violence, protection of civilians, and a return to peace negotiations.
“Hamas is escalating the violence. I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against #Israel from Gaza. Violence & rockets against innocent civilians must stop now. We stand in full solidarity with Israel & its right under intl. law to defend itself against terror. – FM @ABaerbock”
Read Germany’s full statement
India Extends Support
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, expressed deep shock at the terrorist attacks in Israel. He extended thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, standing in solidarity with Israel during this difficult time.
“Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with Israel at this difficult hour.”
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Saudi Arabia Calls for Calm
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia closely monitored the escalating violence and tension between Palestinian factions and Israeli occupation forces. They called for an immediate halt to the escalation, protection of civilians, and restraint. Saudi Arabia emphasized the dangers of the situation and called on the international community to compel Israel to respect international law and Palestinian rights.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is closely following the developments of the unprecedented situation between a number of Palestinian factions and the Israeli occupation forces…”
Read Saudi Arabia’s full statement
Pakistan Prime Minister Calls for Middle East Peace
The Prime Minister of Pakistan voices deep concern in response to the escalating violence in the Middle East. He underscores the urgency of addressing the long-standing Palestine Question and advocates for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. In his statement, the Prime Minister calls upon all parties involved to exercise restraint and prioritize the protection of innocent civilians who often bear the brunt of such conflicts.
“Heartbroken by the escalating violence in the Middle East, which underscores the urgent need to address the Palestine Question. We urge restraint and protection of civilians. Enduring peace in the Middle East lies in a two state solution with a viable, contiguous, sovereign State of Palestine, founded on pre-1967 borders, with Al Quds Al-Sharif at its heart. “
Qatar Urges De-escalation
The State of Qatar expressed deep concern over the developments in the Gaza Strip and called for de-escalation. Qatar held Israel responsible for the ongoing escalation, citing violations of Palestinian rights, including repeated incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque. They stressed the need for international action to stop violations of international law and ensure lasting peace.
“The State of Qatar expresses its deep concern over the developments in Gaza Strip and calls on all parties to de-escalate, and exercise maximum restraint…”
Read Qatar’s full statement
Iran Defends Palestinian Rights
Iran supported the Palestinian resistance groups in their defense of inalienable and undeniable rights. They condemned Israel’s provocative policies and highlighted the Palestinian people’s legitimate right to defend themselves. Iran reaffirmed the Palestinians’ inherent and legal right to defend themselves and held the Zionist occupiers responsible for ongoing violence and atrocities.
“Iranian FM Spokesman Kanaani reacted to the current developments in occupied Palestine & the attack by the Palestinian resistance groups against the Zionist occupiers…”
Read Iran’s full statement
Türkiye Calls for Calm and Two-State Solution
The Republic of Türkiye (Turkey) expressed deep concern about the violence and tension in Israel and Palestine. They called for the restoration of calm, condemned the loss of civilian lives, and urged all parties to act with restraint. Türkiye emphasized the importance of a two-state solution to the conflict.
“We are deeply concerned about the violence and tension occurred in Israel and Palestine today (October 7)…”
Read Türkiye’s full statement
As the world closely watches the evolving situation in the Middle East, these statements reflect the international community’s call for peace, de-escalation, and a return to the path of dialogue. The importance of a two-state solution continues to be a common thread in the responses of world leaders, emphasizing the need for a lasting resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.