On Monday, British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson voiced his support for Israel while condemning Hamas’ attacks in the latest flare-up of violence in the region. The Prime Minister was unequivocal in his statement of solidarity with Israel despite calls for a resolution to the conflict that takes into account the rights of the Palestinian people.
The Prime Minister delivered his speech on Monday, highlighting the extraordinary circumstances of this latest episode of violence. He stated that “Nothing can excuse the raining down of rockets on Israeli civilian populations by Hamas and other terrorist groups. The UK unequivocally condemns such barbaric acts which must be met with a firm response”.
He continued by stressing the UK’s unwavering support of Israel, while also acknowledging the human cost of the conflict. The Prime Minister noted “Let me be equally clear. We stand firmly with Israel during these attacks on its citizens and territory. But we stand also ready to lend support in the search for a resolution to the conflict taking into account the legitimate rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
His comments come at a time when international pressure is piling on both sides of the conflict to peacefully end the violence. In responding to the situation, several countries including the UK and the United States, have called for an immediate ceasefire. In addition, the United Nations Security Council is reportedly set to meet tomorrow to further discuss the situation in the region.
The Prime Minister’s speech further highlighted the UK’s commitment to protecting human rights and tackling injustice around the world. This latest display of support for Israel coincides with the UK’s efforts to resolve the conflict in the widest possible dimension and create a sustainable peace for both sides.
It’s clear that the Prime Minister has taken a firm stance in regards to the situation in the Middle East. The UK continues to show its support for Israel and condemn Hamas’ violent attacks. While the conflict rages on, we can only hope that both sides will find a peaceful resolution and an end to the violence.