Rishi Sunak arrives in Israel for two-day visit as he warns against ‘dangerous escalation of conflict’

Rishi Sunak has arrived in Israel for a two-day journey to the nation and the broader area to supply his assist whereas warning in opposition to a “harmful escalation of battle”.

The PM is anticipated to satisfy the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Isaac Herzog in Tel Aviv, earlier than travelling to a variety of different regional capitals in a diplomatic bid to forestall combating from spiralling.

Sunak is anticipated to induce Israel to open up the route into Gaza for humanitarian support as quickly as attainable and the exit of these trapped within the territory, whereas sharing his condolences for the “horrible” lack of life following the terrorist assaults by Hamas in Israel.

It represents a part of a diplomatic push by Britain with overseas secretary James Cleverly set to journey to Egypt, Turkey and Qatar over the subsequent few days.


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“I’m assembly counterparts from influential states within the area to push for calm and stability, facilitate humanitarian entry into Gaza and work collectively to safe the discharge of hostages”, Cleverly has mentioned.

Rishi Sunak mentioned forward of his journey: “Each civilian dying is a tragedy. And too many lives have been misplaced following Hamas’s horrific act of terror.

“The assault on al-Ahli Hospital must be a watershed second for leaders within the area and internationally to return collectively to keep away from additional harmful escalation of battle. I’ll make sure the UK is on the forefront of this effort.”

His go to comes after US president Joe Biden flew into Israel on Wednesday. He backed Israel over the al-Ahli Hospital explosion by saying that the “different crew” have been behind it.

Joe Biden additionally urged Israel to not be “consumed by” rage within the wake of Hamas’ assault. He referred to as on the federal government to keep away from making the identical “errors” that the US did after 9/11.

The UK authorities is dedicated to publishing an evaluation of who was behind the blast on the the al-Ahli Hospital as Israel and Hamas issued rival claims.

On Wednesday morning, Sunak mentioned that he wouldn’t “rush to judgment earlier than we’ve got all of the info on this terrible scenario”

At prime minister’s questions within the Commons, Sunak mentioned: “Our intelligence companies have been quickly analysing the proof to independently set up the info. We aren’t ready at this level to say greater than that.”

The PM mentioned he’s additionally working with Qatar in an try to safe the discharge of British hostages held by Hamas.

“The Qatari authorities is taking a lead and dealing intensely to assist launch hostages utilizing their contacts within the area and we’re working very intently with them to make sure the secure return of the British hostages”, he mentioned. 

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