With the situation on the ground constantly evolving, we have decided to collect some information here that allows us to get an idea of the broader context through maps, factsheets and insights.
The G7 Foreign Ministers agreed on a joint statement at the end of the ministerial held in Tokyo, in which they defined themselves as “more united than ever in the pursuit of international peace, security and prosperity”. “We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral attempts to change the peacefully established status of territories by force or coercion anywhere in the world. Such attempts undermine the rule of law, which protects all nations, especially vulnerable ones, as well as global security and human dignity”, emerged in the declaration. (ISRAEL WAR – HAMAS, LIVE NEWS)
The conflict and the two-state solution
“G7 members are committed to working closely with partners to prepare long-term sustainable solutions for Gaza and the return to a broader peace process in line with internationally agreed parameters,” reads the statement in regarding the conflict in Israel. “We emphasize that a two-state solution, in which Israel and a Palestinian state live side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition, remains the only path to a just, lasting and secure peace.”
“Israel has the right to defense but in accordance with the rules”
Regarding the war in the Middle East, we read further, the G7 ministers “unequivocally condemn the terrorist attacks by Hamas and others across Israel that began on 7 October 2023, as well as the ongoing missile attacks against Israel”. Furthermore, they write, “Israel’s right to defend itself and its people in accordance with international law in an effort to prevent this from happening again.”
Working on “sanctions to deny funds to Hamas”
One of the objectives now is to deny funds to Hamas terrorists. “Members of the G7, together with partners in the region, are working intensively to prevent the conflict from escalating further and spreading more widely. We are also working together, including by imposing sanctions or other measures, to deny Hamas the ability to gather and use funds to carry out atrocities”, emerges again from the joint statement. “The increase in extremist violence committed by settlers against Palestinians is unacceptable, undermines security in the West Bank and threatens the prospects for lasting peace”.
Support for “breaks and corridors for civilians in Gaza”
Finally, on the topic, “the need for urgent action to address the deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is underlined. All parties must allow free humanitarian support to civilians, including food, water, medical care, fuel and shelter, as well as access to humanitarian workers. We support pauses and humanitarian corridors to facilitate urgently needed assistance, movement of civilians and hostage releases. Foreigners must also be able to continue to leave.” Among other things, the ministers reiterate “the importance of protecting civilians and respecting international law, in particular international humanitarian law”. Then comes the point about economic aid.” Since October 7, G7 members have pledged to donate an additional $500 million to the Palestinian people, including through United Nations agencies and other humanitarian actors. We invite countries around the world to join us in this effort,” the document underlines.
G7: “Support for Ukraine’s struggle will never fail”
The declaration also makes room for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The G7 Foreign Ministers have in fact confirmed their “firm commitment to supporting Ukraine’s fight for its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity will never fail. We continue to condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s continued aggression and we are committed to support Ukraine for as long as necessary, increasing economic pressure and imposing robust sanctions and other restrictions against Russia.” (RUSSIA – UKRAINE WAR, LIVE NEWS)
“Irresponsible Russian nuclear rhetoric is unacceptable”
A passage was then dedicated to the nuclear issue. “Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric and its announced deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus are unacceptable. Any use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons by Russia would have serious consequences. We deeply regret Russia’s decision to revoke the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty”.