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Blinken seeks G7 unity on Israel-Hamas war among items on crisis-heavy global agenda

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Kamikawa said, "You have our utmost support." She was singing a different tune when she was in the Mideast last week talking to Arab leaders. Spineless. Israel themselves said that they don't want a ceasefire, so why does this article only say that Hamas doesn't want a ceasefire. There should be more coverage of the tens of thousands of Jews all over the world who are protesting against this massacre.

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Blinken providing Israel with guided bomb,you would have to be stupid to think the Israel lobby is objective

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I think the unity is: "Israel is gonna do what Israel is gonna do". The US is going to send weapons because it is a political advantage to Biden to do so. Maybe start by finding a way to prove to troglodytes that Revelations is bunk.

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Ah, to think back on simpler and more peaceful times when the G7 concentrated on economics and trade.

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deanzaZZRToday 07:24 am JST

Ah, to think back on simpler and more peaceful times when the G7 concentrated on economics and trade.

Exactly. Why did Russia have to crap all over the floor and irresponsible pet owner China just leaves it there?

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""Fresh from a whirlwind tour of the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shifted his intense diplomacy on the Israel-Hamas war to Asia on Tuesday with an appeal for the Group of Seven leading industrial democracies to forge consensus on how to deal with the crisis.""

SIMPLE, STOP KILLING CIVILLIANS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN TOO.

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Genocide enablers, barbarian sociopaths, the faces of evil. And look at Nuland there on the left, the harbinger of war, death and destruction wherever she goes...

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If Israel wants to fight HAMAS OR Hamas wants to fight Israel the DESERT next to GAZA is a perfect place for them to meet and wipe each other out, Gazan's and Israeli's could care less.

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The work of EVIL.

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SO SAD,

How could these people even SMILE!? We live in a world that has lost it HUMANITY, EMPATHY, CONSCIOUS, and SOULS.

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If Israel wants to fight HAMAS OR Hamas wants to fight Israel the DESERT next to GAZA is a perfect place for them to meet and wipe each other out, Gazan's and Israeli's could care less.

So very true.

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Victoria Nuland can also be seen in the 3rd, 11th and 12th photos respectively.

Matthew Miller, State Department spokesperson, is also in the 12th photo. He memorably let the truth slip three months ago when he said the war has been 'strategic failure' for Ukraine twice in back-to-back blunders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3dokh57y2M

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What is the stance of G7 over Israel Palestinian conflict and other world problems?

When America telling other six countries what should be said, what not to be said. Poor Japan, you are being as a vassal state for 78 years until now and you want to bring the world together but actually you couldn't, your boss dictates you everything. Including what to say. I won't blame the other five countries because they are white people as majority nations.But Japan as the only Asian people country in G7,your deeds really insulting all of us Asian countries!

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Humanitarian aid?

G7 unity?

All the while children are being murdered!

Do these posing politicos think that they are at a puppet show?

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People "Thousands of innocent children have been killed, we need a ceasefire."

Politicians "Do you condemn Hamas? Do you? Do you condemn Hamas though? "

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"This is a very important moment as well for the G7 to come together in the face of this crisis and to speak, as we do, with one clear voice,” Blinken told Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, shortly after talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida."

This is said two days after US on Monday vetoed another UN resolution to stop the massacre of Gaza civilians. Does speaking with one voice translate as " we don't want to be seen as the only ones torpedoing Gaza peace initiatives "?

"Last month in the U.N. Security Council, France voted in favor of a resolution calling for a humanitarian truce in Gaza that was vetoed by the United States because it didn’t go far enough in condemning Hamas' attack on Israel, which ignited the war. Britain abstained in that vote."

So lets sabotage truce resolutions / initiatives because the wording does not " go far enough in condemning Hamas". Argue about semantics while thousands of kids and women are being killed. And send more heavy weapons to Israel because it obviously doesnt have enough.

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So lets sabotage truce resolutions / initiatives because the wording does not " go far enough in condemning Hamas". Argue about semantics while thousands of kids and women are being killed. And send more heavy weapons to Israel because it obviously doesnt have enough.

"But do you condemn Hamas?"

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"But do you condemn Hamas?"

Exactly. Pretty sure everyone condemns Hamas October attack so why argue about wording / semantics while the Gaza civilian massacre goes on. Priorities.

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Imagine the good, G7 could do for humanity and the environment if it weren't for the RS of the USA and their provocation of continual war for the sake of religion and oil.

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These G7 are a bunch of craven hypocrites who blow smoke out of the rear.

The vetoing of the ceasefire by the US is a shameless low.

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But do you condemn Hamas?"

yes. Emphatically.

I’d add however that Bibi is doing exactly what they wanted him to.

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Stay out of this fight Japan.

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What is the humanitarian aid for Palestinian people from USA?

More Mk84 2000 lbs bombs on the way from Port Oakland to Israel.

Japan: Yes sir, a brilliant decision indeed. But our policy is we won't tell anyone even my countrymen.

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G7 unity : Don't say anything America don't like or Israel don't like to hear. Say every single thing I (Blinken) said. By the way: Censorship if all the news media in your country, some images should not be shown, do not make comments as well. The last thing: Ban "Al Jazeera" now !

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The local satraps receiving their imperial orders.

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The position of several of the largest countries in the world on this matter is, frankly, disgusting.

Last month in the U.N. Security Council, France voted in favor of a resolution calling for a humanitarian truce in Gaza that was vetoed by the United States because it didn’t go far enough in condemning Hamas' attack on Israel, which ignited the war. Britain abstained in that vote.

Several days later in the U.N. General Assembly, a non-binding U.S.-Canadian resolution that would have condemned Hamas failed, while a separate resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire overwhelmingly passed. The U.S. voted against the second resolution while France voted in favor. Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan all abstained.

Look at how complicit the US actually in in this killing, along with their all too easily coerced allies.

There truly is two standards in the world, for the haves, and the have nots.

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TamaramaToday 10:38 am JST

The position of several of the largest countries in the world on this matter is, frankly, disgusting.

Does that include Russia receiving Hamas visitors?

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The latest actions of various powerful economy groups and political strong countries which are the same entities that back and promoted the defeat of terrorism after 9/11 will come out of this G7 meeting calling for Israel to back off and end the war. Saudi Arabia which as demand the USA tell Israel to cease all action or they the Saudis will get involved. Daily more entities are realising backing Israel is political suicide and morally wrong. They now hearing that Netanyahu and his cabinet knew in advance on the night of 6/10 of the 7/10 Hamas attack. Netanyahu and his political zionism which resemble a mirror image of fascism are political dead in Israel where 100,000,s of protesting Israeli and millions of protesters around the world are calling for the abolishment of both. The government of Hamas will be recognise as legitimate and a two state solution will be the result of Israels political zionism and the end of zionist influence on congress will be no more. That the end game which Hamas will achieve.

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JJEToday 09:35 am JST

These G7 are a bunch of craven hypocrites who blow smoke out of the rear.

The vetoing of the ceasefire by the US is a shameless low.

No, we've had Russia do business with UN sanctioned NK.

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John-SanToday 10:43 am JST

The latest actions of various powerful economy groups and political strong countries which are the same entities that back and promoted the defeat of terrorism after 9/11 will come out of this G7 meeting calling for Israel to back off and end the war. Saudi Arabia which as demand the USA tell Israel to cease all action or they the Saudis will get involved. Daily more entities are realising backing Israel is political suicide and morally wrong. They now hearing that Netanyahu and his cabinet knew in advance on the night of 6/10 of the 7/10 Hamas attack. Netanyahu and his political zionism which resemble a mirror image of fascism are political dead in Israel where 100,000,s of protesting Israeli and millions of protesters around the world are calling for the abolishment of both. The government of Hamas will be recognise as legitimate and a two state solution will be the result of Israels political zionism and the end of zionist influence on congress will be no more. That the end game which Hamas will achieve.

That's some fantasy world you got there with Saudi Arabia leaping to the aid of Hamas and the terrorists being recognized ever by the G7.

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Taiwanisnot china: Mate you miss the news Saudi Prince MBS announced this 8 days ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9V8RDmZ9_k

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John-SanToday 10:54 am JST

Taiwanisnot china: Mate you miss the news Saudi Prince MBS announced this 8 days ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9V8RDmZ9_k

Would have more credibility if it were straight quotes rather than something that looks like it came out of ChatGPT to generate clicks.

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"The position of several of the largest countries in the world on this matter is, frankly, disgusting.

Does that include Russia receiving Hamas visitors?"

This one just has to try and make everything about big, bad Russia. The superiors must be pleased with the daily efforts.

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"These G7 are a bunch of craven hypocrites who blow smoke out of the rear. The vetoing of the ceasefire by the US is a shameless low.

No, we've had Russia do business with UN sanctioned NK."

NK is not the govt that managed to kill over 7000 children and women in the past 4 weeks so JJE is correct here, vetoing ceasefire in Gaza is the new shameless low.

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I don’t really see any war here. Hamas is no match for Israel regular army and will never be in these circumstances. Hamas is a relatively large terroristic organization with very limited capabilities. Yes, they can kill a thousand of civilians if they are allowed to do so, but they are no threat to Israel or its independence as a country.

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Alfie NoakesToday  07:56 am JST

Genocide enablers, barbarian sociopaths, the faces of evil. And look at Nuland there on the left, the harbinger of war, death and destruction wherever she goes...

The Hamas savages thank you Allfie, you fell head over heels into their trap, the pull to virtue yourself was just too strong. The unholy alliance is secure.

The demand for a ceasefire is just a plan to give Hamas a free pass to regroup, flee and repeat; which I am sure Alfie you would be quite happy with. Well aware of their tactics and strategies of hiding themselves under hospitals and within civilian enclaves, aware of the animal behavior that they have displayed in brutalizing and murdering civilians in the most unimaginable ways, then parading through the streets to celebrations and glory. Yet , according to you, we are to pile blame on Israel for the biggest slaughter of its citizens since the holocaust. What a top bloke you must be. So just, so empathic and compassionate, such a spokesman for the oppressed!

Hamas are free to release the hostages and put their guns down in martyrdom any day they like, if no more destruction is their goal. We all know however this will never happen, so according to you the west and Israel are to subjugate themselves to these murderous maniacs. That’s what they have been hoping for all along. A grim test of the ‘Soul of the West’ , whether we still have one, whether we still have the resolve and courage to stand up to evil the way our forefathers did.

Watching young foul mouthed activists marching and ripping up hostage posters in the states has been lovely side show to witness too. Apparently Jewish lives just don’t deserve to be mourned much. Collateral damage to the cause. Too bad Jews, never liked you anyway. Too rich, too successful at what you do and too white.

I just don’t think people can actually get their heads around what war is. We have lost our moral compass , courage and sense of dignity, politically tainted and stupefied into casting judgement about things we have absolutely no hope of understanding. Was trying to keep away from this talk, but it’s hard to sit back and watch the disgusting one sided reaction from the left and many of our media and institutions. Japan so far has done quite well though, so there is that for consolation.

Hamas has a date with death, they signed their own destiny and will unfortunately take down a bunch of their own people with them. They choose to use civilians and children as human shields ( just as they were fine with butchering them ) and they are the ones that worship death. There is no moral equivalency or relativism that can justify nor forgive what has passed. They must be put in the dustbin of history. That is the reality whether your do-gooding souls like it or not. rant over and out!

Faces of evil*….. please.
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La vie douceToday 11:38 am JST

"These G7 are a bunch of craven hypocrites who blow smoke out of the rear. The vetoing of the ceasefire by the US is a shameless low.

No, we've had Russia do business with UN sanctioned NK."

NK is not the govt that managed to kill over 7000 children and women in the past 4 weeks so JJE is correct here, vetoing ceasefire in Gaza is the new shameless low.

Russia has cause more refugees than the Iraq war in Ukraine so the low is still all Russia's.

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Not a single person seated, has a basic, let alone intricate understanding of the complex centuries old religious Ideology of middle eastern Arab politics.

I would never pretend to.

I do understand from an early age the learning, sometime religious fervor of Catholicism, symbols popery.

There is a tendency, mistakenly to take western values, we all take for granted, ten s suggest insist these values foolishly arrogantly apply to Arab culture.

Not so, ever.

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"Russia has cause more refugees than the Iraq war in Ukraine so the low is still all Russia's."

So now the goalposts have moved to comparing Ukraine and Iraq war? Well, for direct comparison then -

"www. statista.com - OHCHR has estimated the number of deaths of civilians, or non-armed individuals, in Ukraine at over 9.6 thousand since the start of the war on February 24, 2022 " vs

*wikipedia.org - The Iraq Body Count project documents 186,901 – 210,296 violent civilian deaths in their table. since the invasion.*

seems the low is with a different country somewhere else.

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to speak, as we do, with one clear voice

What is the point with seven G7 members, if there is only one one voice? They should all speak up!

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The latest news coming out of Western Asia is Saudi Arabia and Iran are buddying with the Iranian MP flying into Saudi Arabia today the first meeting between the two powers for a decade and are pushing for Syria return back in the Muslin League. This has all been prompted by Israel counter attack of bombing Palestinians civilians. This reunification of the Twin Pillar accord establish in 1969 will be the nail in Israel coffin. This has come about due to the USA inability to keep Western Asia stable. USA will now have to decide weather to keep backing Israel or let Israel go it alone. The G7 meeting will be getting this news and will hear later today their statement concerning Israel support. With India, China, Indonesia and Japan all getting their oil from Western Asia and the Russian oil sanction. The G7 will have to pick between the money or the Israel fairytale. I bet it will be a money decision and a demand for a pulse and negotiation start. That how I see it.

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La vie douceToday 12:26 pm JST

"Russia has cause more refugees than the Iraq war in Ukraine so the low is still all Russia's."

So now the goalposts have moved to comparing Ukraine and Iraq war? Well, for direct comparison then -

"www. statista.com - OHCHR has estimated the number of deaths of civilians, or non-armed individuals, in Ukraine at over 9.6 thousand since the start of the war on February 24, 2022 " vs

wikipedia.org - The Iraq Body Count project documents 186,901 – 210,296 violent civilian deaths in their table. since the invasion.

seems the low is with a different country somewhere else.

Nope, the low is still Russia's: it's going to take awhile to uncover the mass graves and find out where people were disappeared to. That is why we use refugees for now.

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France and Germany used to have independent voices at time in the past. These voices for moderation and peace are missed. Canada and Japan are American lap dogs. The Brits love violence. Poor Italy doesn't get much respect.

What is the point with seven G7 members, if there is only one one voice? They should all speak up!

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"Nope, the low is still Russia's: it's going to take awhile to uncover the mass graves and find out where people were disappeared to. That is why we use refugees for now."

Simply wrong , Iraqi civilian numbers clearly much higher. Undeniable fact.

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It's a no win scenario. Why attack Israel fully knowing they'd retaliate with extreme prejudice? Sure, Apartheid Israel has to end so killing babies and people does what? So first response is correct against Hamas. But it is going too far now Israel too much now too. A cease fire and a two state solution looking further away by the day

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Blinken and Biden have blood on their hand, the blood of 10,000+ CIVILIANS, including 4000+ CHILDREN. Delivering bombs, bombs and more bombs to the 2.3 million civilians No water, NO food, NO medicine, NO fuel. AS THE WORLD WATCHES A GENOCIDE AS 8 BILLION PEOPLE WATCH A GENOCIDE. HUMANITY, WHERE ARE YOU?????

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The case of genocide being supported by this many actors, openly and actively. The majority of institutions in North America, Western Europe and elsewhere are either actively participating in this genocide, or completely silent and are thus complicit. In terms of concealment, political, media, social and cultural institutions are fully mobilised in the West to hide and conceal this act of genocide, presenting it as a righteous violence of a victimised Jewish people everywhere in the world.

Millions of Jewish people the world over are AGAINST this Genocide, But Netanhayu and his evil Likud have made it clear that they want to exterminate all Palestinians who they regard as mere vermin. And do not forget, that whilst this tragedy is unfolding in Gaza, Israeli settlers and the army are killing Palestinians in the West Bank. But no one word of condemnation do we hear from sociopaths in suits leading most world governments.

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deanzaZZRToday 01:10 pm JST

France and Germany used to have independent voices at time in the past. These voices for moderation and peace are missed. Canada and Japan are American lap dogs. The Brits love violence. Poor Italy doesn't get much respect.

Yeah, how did that work out for them? France left NATO and had to come crawling back. Germany fell right into the hands of Putin. Sometimes its better to not just lash out because you aren't top dog.

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Laila KholoussiToday 01:17 pm JST

Blinken and Biden have blood on their hand, the blood of 10,000+ CIVILIANS, including 4000+ CHILDREN. Delivering bombs, bombs and more bombs to the 2.3 million civilians No water, NO food, NO medicine, NO fuel. AS THE WORLD WATCHES A GENOCIDE AS 8 BILLION PEOPLE WATCH A GENOCIDE. HUMANITY, WHERE ARE YOU?????

They are wondering what kind of perversions could have caused the perverse Hamas to come into being.

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Well you know year 2024 is the US president election year, Donald Trump is to be back, the old duel start again. If Biden give up an inch if mercy over Palestinian tragedy, he will lost very much support from the pro-Israel lobby. This is American politics, there is no right or wrong,no moral issue but the politicans just talking money, money....

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Support for Israel is folding just like Maccabiah bridge collapse. Israel can't even build a pedestrian bridge over the Yarkon River so how can they win a war on their own. They fell for the Hamas trap and have over cook the situation badly. Hamas are doing them slow by a 1000 cut. They are not employing any ground forces and it been 30 days. Hamas knew the only response Israel can achieve is bombing. Just like 2006 2012 2018 2020. The Palestinians have been here before and still will not leave. The same old tactics on bombing civilians which is about only response they can achieve. They will not go into Gaza because they be fighting the whole population of Gaza. Israel is hoping the bombing will deter the population of Gaza but it is only making them more determent to stay and fight.

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I have to agree.

Who really believes that the Netanyahu government is defending Israel anymore?

Israel has been played by Hamas.

The Arab nations and others, the millions of immigrants in several countries are coming out to protest the actions of Israel.

When children have been bombed and shot in the head by the IDF and those images are seen by the rest of the world then day by day Israel is losing any sympathy it had for what occurred on October 7.

The tide is turning

Even civilian Israelis are opposing their brutal government!

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Good to see the free world supporting democracy and opposing barbarism. Many of the leading cowards in Hamas are already at room temperature, and more to follow. The restraint shown by the IDF is truly remarkable. To be able to conduct operations in such a crowded area with so few civilian casualties is a testament to their skill and courage. It would have been easier (and less costly) to simply bomb Gaza back into oblivion, but that did not happen. Even at the cost of Israeli lives.

Israel deserves nothing less than the full and total support of the civilized world. They are doing work that will pay dividends for years in the future. And good for the people of Gaza too. It will give them a chance to flourish without the iron fist of Hamas crushing their souls. In reality, they should have thrown Hamas out years ago. So now it is gonna hurt a little, but the rewards will be great.

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AttilathehungryToday  04:28 pm JST

Good to see the free world supporting democracy ...

What was Likud's share of the vote in the last election?

The restraint shown by the IDF is truly remarkable. To be able to conduct operations in such a crowded area with so few civilian casualties is a testament to their skill and courage.

If that's a joke it's in very poor taste.

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