House hit by rocket in Ashkelon (flash 90)

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States released a joint statement on Monday condemning Hamas and expressing support for Israel following Hamas’s attacks against the country.

“Today, we, President Macron of France, Chancellor Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Meloni of Italy, Prime Minister Sunak of the United Kingdom, and President Biden of the United States, express our strong and united support for the State of Israel, and our unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its heinous acts of terrorism,” the statement said.

“We make it clear that Hamas’ terrorist actions have no justification or legitimacy and must be universally condemned. There is never a justification for terrorism. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, massacred more than 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held captive. as hostages,” the leaders added.

“Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people from such atrocities. We further stress that this is not a time for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks for advantage.”

“All of us recognize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations and offers nothing to the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed,” the leaders declared.

“In the coming days, we will remain united and coordinated, together as allies and as common friends of Israel, to ensure that Israel can defend itself and ultimately establish the conditions for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region,” they concluded.