The alliance pledged support for Israel on the second day of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels amid a dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza under siege. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Israel is not alone . NATO allies have expressed solidarity with Israel. In addition, Hamas’ activities have been termed as terrorism, saying that Israel has the right to defend itself against them.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant briefed his NATO counterparts on the current situation in a video call. He cited Hamas atrocities against Israeli civilians and citizens of several NATO allies, NATO said in a press release.
NATO also called on Hamas to immediately release all hostages. The coalition also warned that no nation or organization should take advantage of the situation or try to escalate it. NATO defense ministers are meeting for talks at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, where they discussed the situation in Israel as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. BD-Daily/Shafiq