Giorgia Meloni: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought Hamas massacre

The October 7 massacre of Israelis by Hamas follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told the Milan-based newspaper Il Giornale in an interview on Saturday.

When asked if she feared that tensions around the world would lead to World War III, Meloni replied: “What I think is that if Russia had not invaded Ukraine, in all likelihood Hamas would not have launched such an attack on Israel .

According to the Italian Prime Minister, it was inevitable that such a serious violation of the law-based international system, moreover at the hands of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, would have cascading consequences for other areas and quadrants of the world. ….[like] the Middle East.

“If international legality is not restored in Ukraine, outbreaks of conflict will continue to multiply,” Meloni continued.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a press conference after their meeting at Palazzo Chigi, in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE)

Meloni also discussed the prospects for reaching an agreement on a ceasefire and the release of the 134 remaining hostages captured by Hamas terrorists and brought to the Gaza Strip on October 7.

“Without a long-term ceasefire and a solution to the hostages, it is not possible to revive the political perspective of two peoples and two states,” Meloni stated. On Saturday, a new and updated outline for an agreement to release the 134 remaining hostages from Gaza was reportedly reached during a meeting in Paris between the representatives of the United States, Israel, Egypt and Qatar.

Meloni: Israel’s harsh response to Hamas massacre led to isolation

The prime minister also argued that Israel’s increasing “isolation in Western public opinion” was the result of Israel’s harsh response to the October 7 massacre.

“Hamas’ brutal attack, the massacre of civilians, including children and the elderly, and the brutality with which that massacre was carried out provoked Israel’s response to such a harsh response that it led to isolation both in the Middle East and around the world . in Western public opinion.

“For this reason, those who, like us, are working to de-escalate do so primarily in the interests of Israel and for an immediate end to the crisis,” Meloni said. Finding a lasting solution to the issue is in everyone’s interest, both Israel and Palestine.”

Meloni further said that Italy has “taken action” to reduce tensions along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, “particularly regarding Hezbollah’s positions.”



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