We unequivocally condemn the recent series of terrorist attacks by Hamas targeting Israeli civilians. Acts of terrorism, that intentionally harm innocent people, are indefensible and a clear violation of international norms and principles. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been affected by these heinous acts.
We are deeply concerned about the way in which Hamas’s actions not only threaten Israeli lives but also recklessly endanger Palestinian lives. The use of civilian areas and human shields increases the danger to both Israelis and Palestinians, making an already complex situation even more dire.
We call for the immediate release of any hostages or individuals held captive. The taking of hostages is a crime that further exacerbates tensions and hampers efforts towards peace and stability. We urge all parties to prioritize the well-being and safety of all people involved in these situations.
In addition, we call on Israel to exercise restraint and avoid collective punishment of the Palestinian people. It is essential to remember that the actions of extremist groups like Hamas do not represent the entire Palestinian population. Collective punishment only exacerbates the suffering and instability in the region, and it is important to uphold the principles of justice and human rights.
We also urge both parties to actively engage in a comprehensive peace plan, facilitating a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A peaceful resolution is the only way to ensure a secure and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. It is essential to resume constructive dialogue, address the core issues, and work towards a two-state solution that respects the rights and aspirations of both nations, ensuring a lasting and just peace in the region. The international community must continue to support efforts to bring about a peaceful and negotiated settlement to this longstanding conflict.