World Leaders React to Surprise Attack by Palestinian Hamas on Israel

World Leaders React to Surprise Attack

The international response comes as Hamas launches its biggest attack on Israel in decades, taking hostages and killing many.

After a surprise strike that included gunmen attacking Israeli cities after a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian group Hamas carried out the greatest attack on Israel in years, killing many people, kidnapping hostages, and causing conflict.

On Saturday, world leaders reacted to the terrorist Hamas rulers of Gaza’s unprecedented multifront offensive on Israel.

Arab League

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for an “immediate halt to military operations in Gaza” and an end to the “cycle of armed confrontation between the two sides.”

United States

The United States denounced “the heinous Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel.”

“President [Joe Biden] will continue to receive updates, and White House officials will remain in close contact with Israeli partners,” according to a statement from the White House.

United Nations

“This is a dangerous precipice,” warned UN Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland, “and I appeal to all to pull back from the brink.”

“This attack is having a horrific impact on Israeli civilians,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Tuerk. Civilians must never be used as a target.”

United Kingdom

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also condemned Hamas’s attack on Israel on Saturday.

“The United Kingdom categorically condemns Hamas’s atrocities against Israeli civilians.” “The UK will always support Israel’s right to self-defense,” Cleverly stated in a social media post.

United Arab Emirates

“The UAE calls for the exercise of maximum restraint and an immediate ceasefire to avoid serious repercussions,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences to all the victims of the recent crisis.”


“Japan urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint to prevent further harm.”


Italy said it backed “Israel’s right to defend itself” against the “brutal attack” by Hamas.

In a public statement, the government “condemned in the strongest terms the terror and the violence under way against innocent civilians”.


a report to the semi-official ISNA news site, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei said that Iran supported the Palestinian attack.

Iran’s foreign ministry claimed Hamas assaults demonstrated Palestinians’ increasing confidence in the face of Israel’s oppression.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country stood “in solidarity with Israel at this difficult hour.”

“Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel,” the prime minister remarked.


“Terrifying news from #Israel has reached us today. We are deeply shocked by the rocket fire from Gaza and the escalating violence. “Germany condemns Hamas’s attacks and stands by Israel,” declared Chancellor Olaf Scholz on social media.


Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warned of “volatility” in the situation, “particularly in light of Israeli attacks and violations against the Palestinian people” in towns and parts of the West Bank.


Emmanuel Macron, the French president, denounced the “terrorist attacks” on Israel.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that are currently taking place in Israel.” “I express my deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and those close to them,” Macron wrote on X.


“Greece strongly condemns today’s launch of heavy rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.”


Egypt warned of “grave consequences” if tensions between Israel and the Palestinians erupted, according to a foreign ministry statement reported by the official news agency.

It emphasized the importance of “exercising maximum restraint and avoiding exposing civilians to further danger”.

European Commission

“I strongly condemn the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel… “Israel has the right to defend itself in the face of such heinous attacks,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on X.


Beijing expressed “deep concern” about the weekend’s dramatic escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, asking all parties to remain “calm.”


“Belgium strongly condemns the widespread rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.” Violence and fear simply prolong the misery and obstruct the route to discussion. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been touched. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib stated on the social networking site X, formerly known as Twitter.


Brazil, the UN Security Council leader, summoned an extraordinary meeting of the organization to discuss the rising violence and urged moderation.

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