نص مقالة كتبها رئيس وزراء بريطانيا ريشي سوناك في جريدة التلغراف تحت عنوان: لقد أظهرت حماس بالفعل ما هي حقيقتها ولهذا يجب ان تتم هزيمتها.
21 تشرين الأول/ 2023
لقد أظهرت حماس بالفعل ما هي حقيقتها ولهذا يجب ان تتم هزيمتها.
ريشي سوناك/ التلغراف/ 21 تشرين الأول/ 2023
Hamas have already shown who they are. They must be defeated
British PM, Rishi Sunak/The Telegraph/October 21, 2023
There are meetings in this job that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life. I had one of these on Thursday in Jerusalem when I sat down with the families of British victims of the 7 October attacks. Until that day their loved ones had been living normal, happy lives in Israel. But now they are listed among the murdered and the missing.
The families are bearing their worries with dignity and bravery. But looking into their eyes, you could see the agony they were going through. As a father, a son and a husband I can only begin to contemplate their pain: a pain shared by too many other Jewish families.
After that meeting, I contemplated what could possibly motivate people to do to a family what Hamas has done to these families. This pogrom was motivated by an evil hatred. But it was also prompted by a fear that a new dawn might be breaking in the Middle East, one that would leave old hatreds behind and offer hope of better, more secure, more prosperous lives across the region. On this trip, I was determined to keep that hope of a better future alive. The first thing we must do is support the families of British victims and to get the hostages back. If Hamas had a single ounce of humanity, they would release all the hostages immediately. But Hamas have already shown who they are. They must be defeated. Mr Sunak meets families in Israel whose loved ones were taken hostage by Hamas. Mr Sunak met with families in Israel whose loved ones were taken hostage by Hamas – Simon Walker/No 10 Downing Street
We support, absolutely, Israel’s right to defend itself against this murderous enemy. More than a right, it has a duty to its citizens to restore the country’s security and bring the hostages home. That is what I told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog when I met them this week – being clear this must be done in line with international humanitarian law and taking every possible step to avoid harming civilians.
Palestinian people in Gaza are suffering terribly at the moment, with the casualty numbers climbing constantly. They are the victims of Hamas too, who use the innocent as human shields. The terrorists murder Israeli children, then run and hide behind Palestinian children.
Too many lives have already been lost following Hamas’s horrific act of terror. The loss of every innocent life diminishes us all – regardless of faith or nationality. And now we face an acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Leaders in the region and across the world must come together and find routes back to peace and stability and that better future which Hamas is trying to prevent. That’s why in recent days I travelled to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – to fast-track humanitarian support to Gaza and bring leaders together to prevent regional escalation. I have kept in close contact with the King of Jordan, and the Foreign Secretary has echoed these messages in his visits to Turkey, Qatar and Egypt. It was also important for me to meet President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
Mr Sunak met with Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem
Mr Sunak met with Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem – Simon Walker/No 10 Downing Street
Despite the bleak outlook and high emotion, I came away from those discussions more convinced than ever that we have to reaffirm our clear support for a two-state solution. There is room for politics and diplomacy even at this darkest hour.
Good progress has been made to open up humanitarian access to Gaza and let in aid – food, water, medicine – that is so urgently required. I have committed £10 million of extra support to help civilians in Gaza. The reopening of the Rafah crossing into Gaza is highly welcome and a testament to the power of diplomacy, with the US, Israel and Egypt brokering an agreement to ensure vital aid reaches the Palestinian people.
We need to see a stream of trucks rolling through that crossing to bring aid to the civilian population. We also need to see all water supplies to Gaza restored where physically possible. All sides should commit to the sanctity of UN installations, hospitals and shelters. We’re working intensively with international partners to ensure that British nationals currently trapped in Gaza are also able to leave through this crossing while aid enters.
Tensions are also high on Israel’s northern border, where they face the heavily armed, Iranian-backed force of Hezbollah, as well as in the West Bank where the situation is highly combustible. We have deployed the RAF and the Royal Navy to monitor any emerging threats to regional security. We need effective deterrence, as well as diplomacy to deescalate the situation. When things are so delicate, we all have a responsibility – from politicians to news media to social media – to take additional care in the language we use and to operate on the basis of facts alone so that we don’t risk aggravating tensions.
This a moment for care and caution – but also for moral clarity. It is a moment for humanity to win out against the scourge of terrorism and break the cycle of tragedy. Ultimate defeat for the terrorists will come when we bring about the better future for the whole Middle East that they so fear. Britain stands together to reject terror and hate and prejudice – at home and abroad. We stand with our Jewish and Muslim communities during this difficult time. And although it will be hard, we will strain every sinew to support a return to peace and stability in the Middle East. My aim is a safe and secure Israel, a prosperous Palestinian state and a Middle East where countries recognise, trade and cooperate with each other. Even in this darkest hour, I believe that goal is within reach and I will continue to work with our friends and allies in the region towards that. We will not let Hamas win.