UK’s Rishi Sunak Expresses Support for Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Amid Gaza Attacks

UK’s Support for Israel

Rishi Sunak, the UK’s Chancellor, has voiced his support for Israel’s right to defend itself in the wake of attacks by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip.

He expressed his shock at the attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists against Israeli citizens and emphasized Israel’s absolute right to self-defense.

The UK government is in contact with Israeli authorities, and Sunak advised British nationals in Israel to follow travel advice.

Foreign Secretary’s Condemnation

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also strongly condemned the attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.

He reiterated the UK’s unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself in the face of such attacks.

Labour Leader’s Condemnation and Call for Peace

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer joined in the condemnation of the attacks on Israel and its citizens.

He emphasized that there is no justification for such acts of terror and highlighted the importance of working towards future peace in the region.

Starmer affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense.

Background of Gaza Blockade

Israel has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, following the takeover of the territory by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

This blockade has resulted in ongoing conflicts and wars between Israel and Hamas over the years.

Israeli Prime Minister’s Declaration of War

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a televised address, declared that Israel was “at war” following a major attack by Hamas on multiple fronts.

He emphasized that this was not merely an “operation” or a “round” but a full-fledged war. Netanyahu also ordered the military to clear infiltrated areas of Hamas militants engaged in gunfights with Israeli soldiers.

Hamas’s Surprise Attack on a Significant Day

Hamas caught Israel off-guard with its attack, which occurred on Simchat Torah, a significant holiday.

This bold show of force included the deployment of numerous soldiers to the heavily fortified border.

The timing of the attack evoked memories of the 1973 war, which took place almost 50 years ago on Yom Kippur.

Hezbollah’s Support for Hamas

Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group, congratulated Hamas for its attack on Israel. They described it as a response to “Israeli crimes” and stated that the militants had “divine backing.”

Hezbollah’s command in Lebanon was reportedly in contact with Hamas regarding the operation.

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