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UK Foreign Secretary Cameron meets Premier Netanyahu on Israel visit


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Published November 23,2023


British Foreign Secretary David Cameron on Thursday met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, amid the announcement of a humanitarian pause within the struggle with Hamas.

According to the UK Foreign Office, Cameron is within the Middle East “where he will be speaking to Israeli and Palestinian leaders about the crisis and the way forward.”

“He will discuss the need to get all hostages out of Gaza and get more aid in, as well as the need to work towards a lasting solution that delivers security and justice for Israelis and Palestinians,” it mentioned in a press release.

Appointed simply final week, Cameron expressed his dedication to assist Israel throughout his assembly with Netanyahu.

“I wanted to come here in person … to see just the true nature of the horrific attacks that you faced. I think that’s very important to do that and see that, we stand with the people of Israel,” he mentioned.

“I hope everyone who’s responsible behind this agreement can make it happen to bring relief to those families, including of course there are British nationals who have been taken hostage. And so let’s hope that that can be delivered,” he added.

For his half, Netanyahu mentioned: “We hope to get our hostages out. It’s not without its challenges. We have to be up to get this first tranche out, then we’re committed to getting everyone out. But we’ll continue to eradicate Hamas, which has already promised that they will do this again and again.”

“There’s no hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, between Israel and the Arab states, if we don’t eradicate this murderous movement that threatens the future of all of us,” he added.

Earlier, Cameron visited Kibbutz Be’eri, the south of the nation, with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, saying “I have heard and seen things I will never forget.”

Cameron additionally met Israeli President Isaac Herzog, who thanked him for the “support and friendship” and for visiting Kibbutz Be’eri.

“We appreciate greatly your solidarity and your support for the ongoing efforts to release the hostages held by Hamas,” Herzog mentioned on X. “I was pleased to discuss with you the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and hear of the United Kingdom’s valuable contribution and cooperation for improving the situation.”

Under the settlement, 50 Israelis held by Hamas will likely be launched in alternate for 150 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

The deal additionally features a four-day pause in combating and the entry of 300 vehicles loaded with humanitarian help, together with gasoline, into the Gaza Strip.

Israel estimates that at the least 239 Israelis are being held by Hamas following its cross-border assault on Oct. 7.

Israel has launched relentless air and floor assaults within the Gaza Strip following the Hamas assault, killing greater than 14,500 Palestinians, most of them ladies and youngsters, in accordance with well being authorities within the enclave.

The official Israeli dying toll stands at 1,200.

Source: www.anews.com.tr

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