Diplomacy

UN Secretary General, President Obama Condemn Abduction of Israeli Soldier by Hamas

A statement released by the office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon blamed Hamas for the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin.

According to the latest reports, two IDF soldiers were killed and one taken captive after the humanitarian ceasefire came into effect. This would constitute a grave violation of the ceasefire, and one that is likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza, Israel and beyond. Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas’ assurances to the United Nations. The Secretary-General demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier.

Ban added that Hamas’ ceasefire breach is “now leading to a renewed escalation.”

In impromptu remarks this afternoon, President Barack Obama echoed Ban’s condemnation of Hamas for its dishonesty and for escalating the conflict.

President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants.

Obama says it will be difficult to put back together the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel that collapsed Friday. But he says the U.S. will continue working toward a cease-fire. He says Israel committed to the cease-fire, but the cease-fire was violated. …

Obama says Israel must be able to defend itself, but that irresponsible actions by Hamas have put civilians in danger.

Earlier today, Robert Serry, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, stated that a kidnapping would constitute “a serious violation of the ceasefire by Gazan militant factions.”

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