« German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron delivered their speeches on Monday at Hamburg airport and announced the support towards the Israel following the surprise attack of Hamas.
« Our attention is of course focused with concern on the situation in Israel during these hours. Hamas’ terror continues to shake the Middle East’s only democracy … this Hamas attack on Israel is terrible and it is barbaric. In these dark hours for the Jewish state, we, Germany and France, stand firmly at Israel’s side. I personally assured Prime Minister Netanyahu of this yesterday, » said Scholz.
He added that the US, Britain, France and Germany agree that the situation ‘must not become a conflagration in the region’ and ‘no one should continue to fuel terror in this situation’. He further mentioned that the situation will also be coordinated closely with their partners in the region.
« Germany and France stand together at the side of the Israeli people in these tragic moments. Fighting terrorism is a shared task for us, together with Israel and our international partners. There is no justification and no explanation for it, » Macron highlighted.
Germany and France aim to invigorate collaboration with their inaugural joint cabinet meeting in Hamburg. During the two-day retreat, they will reportedly address key topics such as industrial transformation, Europe’s technological autonomy, EU expansion, and Africa policy.
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At the time of publication, over 1,100 have been reported dead across both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. »