PRESIDENT BIDEN, AND KEY WESTERN LEADERS URGE ISRAEL TO PROTECT CIVILIANS Underscored their support for Israel and its right to defend itself
Leaders of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Britain underscored their support for Israel and its right to defend itself, but also urged it to adhere to international humanitarian law and protect civilians.
In a joint statement issued after a virtual meeting on the ongoing war between Israel and the Hamas militant group, the leaders welcomed the release of two hostages by Hamas, and called for the immediate release of all remaining hostages.
U.S. President Joe Biden convened a meeting of the so-called Quint – the U.S., France, Britain, Germany and Italy – plus Canada after speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
Biden tweeted about his conversation with Netanyahu on X [formerly known as Twitter], and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted about his conversation with Israeli President, Isaac Herzog.