Herzog denounces the “hypocrisy” and “double standards” of Sánchez and De Croo

The Israeli president, Isaac Herzoghas highlighted the visit of the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeierarrived this Sunday at Jerusalemand has contrasted his support with the “hypocrisy” and “double standards” of other European leaders, in an evening with the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Crooand to the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez.

Herzog has thus thanked Steinmeier for the “clear position” of the German Government on Israel’s right to defend itself in contrast to other leaders of EU countries.

Israel summoned the ambassadors of Spain and Belgium on Friday in response to the “false” statements made in recent hours by Sánchez and De Croo, since they consider that it represents a Hamas “support for terrorism”. Sánchez slipped that he could recognize the state of Palestine unilaterally if there is no joint EU decision in that regard.

This Sunday Herzog received Steinmeier in Jerusalem, with whom he shares a personal friendship. “Your visit is an expression of the firm alliance between our countries,” he declared before describing the German leader as a “true friend.”

The German president, for his part, has reiterated the his country’s unwavering support for Israel at the beginning of your visit. Steinmeier will spend two days in Israel and then visit Qatar and Oman.

“We are in solidarity with Israel. It is not just that Israel is a victim of terrorism. “Our solidarity is also with Israel that defends itself, that fights against an existential threat.”Steinmeier declared at a joint press conference from Jerusalem with his counterpart, Isaac Herzog.

The German president has highlighted the need to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip and that their basic needs are covered. “It is mandatory under International Humanitarian Law,” he pointed out, and that is why he has defended the current truce agreement.

“Israel has the right to defend itself and guarantee its existence”pointed out in reference to the October 7 attacks led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), and the “unprecedented deep wounds” they have left. “The terrorist organization Hamas can never achieve its stated goal, which is the annihilation of Israel”has stated.

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