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The weapons recovered from the assault on southern Israel have Iranian markings all over them. What sane person thinks Iran is going to be a peace negotiator here?

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"Please Iran tell Hamas to ask Israel to stop committing war crimes".

Why doesn't Japan just ask Israel to stop?

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I'm sure that will work . . .

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The weapons recovered from the assault on southern Israel....

Any guesses where the bombs that fell on the Gaza hospital came from? The US of where?

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Like asking the criminals to tell the police, we don't got beef with you, you don't need to catch me. We good, mm Kay?

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Iran is behind all this despicable terror attack. They wanted to sabotage Israel-Arab World normalization. and they succeeded. There's no way Iran would want Hamas to stop. No way at all

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Japan will be spared any hostiles,they are just are just boring and do not attract that much attention

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Mr KiplingToday 06:53 am JST

The weapons recovered from the assault on southern Israel....

Any guesses where the bombs that fell on the Gaza hospital came from? The US of where?

You don't acknowledge the US to be a peace negotiator here, so your point is kind of silly.

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The reality is coming out..... Japan a Nation ,,, drop out US president the Biden ( so called greatest leader).... and go directly to Iran to solve the problem. Now may be no country has trust in USA.... .... What a tragedy under Biden ... the democrats should realize this .... deleting comments will not hide the truth..

Go Japan... be a leader by yourself. until you find a new world leader ..

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I’m sure they will listen to her……..

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Japan asks Iran to talk to Hamas and try to calm tensions with Israel

a bit too late for that. Hamas will be hunted and killed as long as they live

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marc ladenToday 07:17 am JST

The reality is coming out..... Japan a Nation ,,, drop out US president the Biden ( so called greatest leader).... and go directly to Iran to solve the problem. Now may be no country has trust in USA.... .... What a tragedy under Biden ... the democrats should realize this .... deleting comments will not hide the truth..

Go Japan... be a leader by yourself. until you find a new world leader ..

I don't think even Kishida is daft enough to go joining the BRICS den of thieves.

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Diplomacy works best when backed by military power and firm resolution to achieve specific goals. Japan has neither.

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Japan has always had good relationships with Iran. It might better work than any US move

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Kishida is having her do this because he wants to be seen as playing an active role as a "leader" in world politics, even when it's in effect, a useless gesture. Just lie Abe, play the politics game, and make the people of Japan think that their leaders are doing something right.

Only problem is there never seem to be any positive results!

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Wut? Hamas already asked for a ceasefire. There's nothing more they can do short of turning themselves in en masse to the IDF at this point. Does she even watch the news?

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That’s kind of like asking one deadly cult to tell another deadly cult to chill.

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okay

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What about Israel? Lame foreign initiative.

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500 Palestinian murdered by Israel bombing hospital in Gaza and Iran should ask Hamas?

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The Japanese government needs to stop pretending: the egregious war crime in plain sight is Netanyahu's bombing of men, women and CHILDREN in Gaza and of forcing people from their homes and onto the streets without shelter, a terror tactic not without precedent if you have read accounts of the Holocaust. The disproportionate death toll suffered by Arabs may be "business as usual", but it's not war. The US and its allies are speaking in lock step avoiding all mention of Israeli responsibility for the destruction of Gaza. Hamas is the consequence of the hellish conditions of the Gaza Ghetto and will never go away as long as the right-wing Israeli government refuses to accept the hard facts on the stony ground: Jews and Arabs have each other forever for better or for worse.

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Japan is so naive in terms of international crisis.

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It's a bit late to ask Hamas to calm down. I don't think it will get Israel to back down. You might get a better result asking the Palestinians to hunt down Hamas.

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Diplomacy works best when backed by military power and firm resolution to achieve specific goals.

And American Diplomacy worked really well in Afghanistan?

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Yoko Kamikawa wants Iran to ask Hamas to calm tensions with Israel?

At the same time what about asking Israel to calm tensions with Hamas?

How loooooong has Ms Yoko Kamikawa been Japan's Foreign Secretary?

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All hospitals in Gaza damaged or destroyed ,1000 children massacred by Israeli bombs and they are asking Iran? Maybe they should be asking sleepy Joe to be a mediator not an enabler for genocide!

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Humanitarian acts are good, but getting rid of terrorist organizations is a humanitarian act !! It is unfortunate that terrorists hide behind innocents to protect themselves but eliminating the terrorists is a human responsibility!!

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Agree, Iran has leverage over Hamas, but as long as Israel continues to prepare for ground invasion of Gaza, Hamas and the Palestinians living there have NO CHOICE but to prepare and even go on the offensive to delay or distract any Israeli actions.

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Don’t know why Japan is donating the money to Gaza when Japanese people themselves are economically struggling with increase in prices, stagnant wages.. and when it is almost sure that the donated money will only support Hamas terrorists in Gaza indirectly..

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Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa asked her Iranian counterpart on Tuesday to talk to the militant Palestinian group Hamas to try to ease tension in the conflict with Israel,

Problem solved then, perhaps madam Kamikawa might also like to ask her Israeli counterpart to "ease tensions" and stop bombing hospitals and massacring civilians.

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Bombing a hospital just place a target on any Israeli in Palestine. I wonder if those Jew that spit on Christian on their way to church will be attending church for the foreseeable future or risk death by their entitled weekly spit on Christian walk to church. I hope for the latter.

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Japan asks Iran to talk to Hamas and try to calm tensions with Israel

This is the same as asking the wolf not to eat the sheep.

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Mr Kipling

Why doesn't Japan just ask Israel to stop?

To stop reacting to Hamas terrorism? What do expect to come from that?

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Although the sentiments are worthy, you can't really ask the country that backs the terrorists to now play the nice guy. This sort of makes Yokosan look naive and almost childlike.

Heard the other day this theory.

Iran tells Hamas to do something in order to upset and derail the peace deals between Israel and Saudi. Iran was thinking maybe Hamas manages to kill say 50 Israelis, of which then Israel would retaliate heavy-handedly (disproportionately, whatever that means) and bang, mission accomplished. No peace in the Middle East.

Hamas then outdoes itself killing 1400 in a ghoulish show of savagery that shocks the entire world. It's the dog that actually catches the car. Door-to-door civilian murders, rapes, kidnappings, dismembering bodies then parading them through the streets, children, babies, pure evil...then unlike the Nazis (who actually tried to cover up their crimes) Hamas decides its a good idea to post their acts on SNSs. Their bloodthirsty and insane irrationality on display for all to see. literally killing themselves and their own cause in one foul swoop. Israel has no other choice but to now go in and wipe them off the face of the earth, and quite rightly so. And this, good people, is where we are at right now.

Getting a phone call from Yokosan is probably the least of Irans concerns right now.

By their deeds ye shall know them.

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Regardless of what anyone says here, Israel's only goal is to eradicate all of Palestine and its people, this has been their policy for many years. Netanyahu and his extremists will stop at nothing to achieve this, they do not see the Palestinians as humans, but as vermin, only to be wiped out. I do not agree with what the Hamas murderers have done, they are NOT Muslims, but killers. But the Israeli army has been ding the same type of thing for decades but there is not a peep from any other governments. And let me remind you that, in 2014, for example, during Israel’s invasion of Gaza, more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, 556 of whom were children; this is compared to 64 Israelis who were killed in that round of violence. Again no condemnation from any one. Finally, no one has asked Netanyahu why he donated millions of $'s to Hamas over the past few years.

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Hamas must be eradicated by all means, for the sake of mankind.

If you support terrorism, you are accountable for the consequences.

Gaza's authority intent is overtly to annihilate Israel and has implementing this into motion with the hatred one could not imagine. Brainwashing at school is standard.

Gaza's population : fertility rate over 4 while growing hardly no food, over 50% inhabitants are under 18, average age is 18.

The people not supporting Hamas have fled by now.

At the same time, we all know there are also some extremists in Israel who are not punished. That is the problem : being Jew gives you the ultimate protection against retaliation for crime. That should stop too on the international scene.

Japan's saying is moot since country has no leverage.

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You eliminate one and the next group pops up. Why? Israel has displaced millions of Palestinians. Palestine is fighting for its homeland just like Ukraine is.

Humanitarian acts are good, but getting rid of terrorist organizations is a humanitarian act

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Palestine is fighting for its homeland just like Ukraine is.

The difficulty with the Israel/Palestine conflict is that so is Israel. It's why unlike Russia/Ukraine where Russia is clearly in the wrong, there's no clear side in the right or wrong in Israel.

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"Why doesn't Japan just ask Israel to stop? - To stop reacting to Hamas terrorism? What do expect to come from that?"

Go after Hamas by all means, stop bombing hospitals and civilians as they evacuate.

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The time for talking is done. It was done decades ago.

The time to turn all backs on Israel is now. Israel will not reform. It cannot reform. This was exactly what the Hamas attack at the concert was meant to prove.

No one need like Hamas, but after decade upon decade of Israel stealing land and murdering innocents, and "the talk of good people" accomplishing nothing, one should at least admit that Hamas, having no access to the almight weaponry of Israel, provided to it by the U.S. and others, has no other options to make the world see what an evil Israel is. It must provoke Israel to show its true colors or the Palestinians will continue to be erased under the slow genocide from Israel.

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They (Iran) wanted to sabotage Israel-Arab World normalization. and they succeeded.

Israel occupies more and more territory while 2.4 million are Palestinians confined to an area less than 2% the size of Israel. Perhaps normalization is not possible under these circumstances.

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So many strong opinions here. Sadly, the people who reduce the situation to a simplistic "Israel is bad" or "Hamas is bad" are both wrong. This is a complex situation and reducting it to a simple "good guy vs bad guy" picture only shows historical ignorance.

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However the hospital exploded, and we do not yet know the facts, it was the by-product of this present war, born from hatred between peoples.

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Killed when Israel blew up a hospital but yeh that's ok because Israel can commit war crimes when ever it wants. Over 99% of those massacred are civilians and 50% of those are children! Absolutely no justification possible for this much slaughter by Israel!
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So many strong opinions here. Sadly, the people who reduce the situation to a simplistic "Israel is bad" or "Hamas is bad" are both wrong. This is a complex situation and reducting it to a simple "good guy vs bad guy" picture only shows historical ignorance.

I agree on this one. There is clear right and wrong on both sides in this one. It's an extremely difficult, nuanced situation.

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Japan is so naive in terms of international crisis.

At least Japan try to do something, genious...

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StrangerlandToday  12:04 pm JST

So many strong opinions here. Sadly, the people who reduce the situation to a simplistic "Israel is bad" or "Hamas is bad" are both wrong. This is a complex situation and reducting it to a simple "good guy vs bad guy" picture only shows historical ignorance.

I agree on this one. There is clear right and wrong on both sides in this one. It's an extremely difficult, nuanced situation.

Not that our opinions are worth more than the paper they are written on but you simply can’t call neutral on this one. Both sides bad ain’t gunna cut it, unfortunately. Be an adult and draw a distinct line of what is understandable ( you don’t have to like it ) and what is pure evil.

The choice is fairly simple. You can’t simply close your eyes and wish Kansas to go bye bye.

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Long before this current war erupted, Israel had done so many war crimes and bullying Palestinian people at their own land. Who's the oppressor? Who's started the flame in the first place? Who's occupied Palestinian land little by little through illegal settlement? This is the time for the world to unite and ask Israel to stop its inhuman acts.

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Sadly, the people who reduce the situation to a simplistic "Israel is bad" or "Hamas is bad" are both wrong. This is a complex situation and reducting it to a simple "good guy vs bad guy" picture only shows historical ignorance.

Yes and no. Israel holds all the trump cards and uses them to oppress the Palestinians. When a chronically abused child, either locked in his room 24/7 or being punched in the face, burns the house down one day its not really a surprise, and we don't really blame the child. We blame the parents, the ones with the bomber aircraft, the attack helicopters, the white phosporus artillery shells, and the precision missiles, NOT the child with nothing but guns and some oversized, unguided hobby rockets.

Israel has every possible option. Palestine has only a few rather ineffective ones. So simplifying this to "Israel bad, Hamas good" is extremely close to working even if Hamas is bad, and it is.

Palestine is never going to stop struggling violently until Israel gets its boot off Palestine's neck. Its a given as proven by the history of the world.

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Keepyer Internetpoints

Yes and no. Israel holds all the trump cards and uses them to oppress the Palestinians

No it does not. The muslim Arab side has the support of the entire muslim world and demographics on its side, as well as Western media.

Just watch how the media attention has immediately shifted from covering Hamas terrorism to the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The 1300 murdered civilians and 300 hostages from half a dozen nations are all but forgotten, it is all about Gaza as victim now. (Exactly what Hamas wants, of course, Netanyahu walked right into their trap -- unless you assume that he invited this to distract from his own problems, which is another conspiracy out there).

To claim that Israel has all the trump cards is simply wrong. Without US support, the country would cease to exist.

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Keeper Internet points

Palestine is never going to stop struggling violently until Israel gets its boot off Palestine's neck. Its a given as proven by the history of the world.

So how do you define " gets its boot off Palestine's neck". From the Hamas and and PA perspective, it means "cease to exist". I am all a peaceful solution, but how do you make peace with someone who does not acknowledge your right to exist? Do you see Israel in the Hamas charter? Do you see Israel on maps printed by the PA or Hamas?

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Japan has absoluteno knowledges of Middle East politics and history of conflicts. What this lady have said reflected the naivety of Japanese diplomacy.

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The Muslim world were very furious with U.S.now. As long as the casualties and brutality escalating, the Muslim and many countries were blaming America for the massive death tolls of Palestiians. It wasn't something Japan can pursuing any Islamic countries to calm down because Japan is a well known appeaser and vassal state of USA !

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So how do you define " gets its boot off Palestine's neck". From the Hamas and and PA perspective, it means "cease to exist".

You seem to think that is written in stone. Its not. Hamas only exists because of Israeli action. One day, the Palestinians may get rid of it. But they surely won't as long as Israel maintains Gaza like a prison camp, blockading the area on all sides but one, and even that one, greatly influenced by Israeli attacks on the border crossing, and threats against Egypt.

There is zero chance of Palestinians advocating peaceful coexistence as long as Israel maintains its murderous apartheid and blockade of land, sea and sky. Its Israel speaking louder against the chance of peace through its actions. The words of Palestinians pale by comparison.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa asked her Iranian counterpart on Tuesday to talk to the militant Palestinian group Hamas to try to ease tension in the conflict with Israel, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

Good on Japan recognizing Hamas is Iran's terrorist proxy and murderer of 1400 infants, children, and other civilians.

Israel has been victimized by Palestinian Arab terrorism since the founding of Israel.

It's time for the world to take a stand against terrorism and show their unity behind supporting Israel.

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Kids in Palestine and other arab nations are "educated" to hate israel since they are born, that's why you see them "celebrating" the barabaric killing of israeli civilians all around the world. They were "celebrating" like they had just win the world cup...hamas are just iran puppets being used for their own purposes, yet i think the ayatollah national rating has just increased after all the bad thing happening now in gaza, he is probably very, very happy now, israel was getting a foot on many arab nations and they put a stop on this

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Keepyer Internetpoints

You seem to think that is written in stone. Its not. Hamas only exists because of Israeli action.

No. It is true that the various Israel governments supported Hamas for a while, as they saw it as a counter balance to Al Fatah and the PLO, but that has long passed. Also, Hamas is not the only organization that does not recognize Israels right to exist. Can you find any map printed in an islamic country (meaning a country that has Sharia in its constitution) that actually shows "Israel" instead of just "Palestine"? I would be curious to see that.

There is zero chance of Palestinians advocating peaceful coexistence as long as Israel maintains its murderous apartheid and blockade of land, sea and sky.

The problem is the assumption if Israel unilaterally opened its borders to a regime that is openly hostile to them, they would get terrorism and war, and not "peace". The last time that was tried when Sharon removed all Israeli settlements (NOT new settlements, they had been there already when Gaza was Egyptian) from Gaza? He also thought he would get a peace dividend. Instead, he got a triumphant Hamas and more terrorism.

Fact is, it takes 2 sides to end a fight. Most of us learned that in grade school...

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elephant200

The Muslim world were very furious with U.S.now. As long as the casualties and brutality escalating, the Muslim and many countries were blaming America for the massive death tolls of Palestiians

True. While there is zero outrage about the murders and abductions conducted by Hamas. That is all explained as Israels fault. Very one-sided world-view.

Of course, from the Hamas side, this is a great win. As we have seen many times before. I wonder why Netanyahu keeps walking in the same trap each time.

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No it does not. The muslim Arab side has the support of the entire muslim world and demographics on its side, as well as Western media.

Its sad that anyone could consider those trump cards. Even sadder that anyone could consider those points as completely true.

The enitre Muslim world?? No it doesn't have all that support. Its only the leaders that matter, and the leaders love the Palestinians about as much as the Saudi leadership loves the Yemeni people. Most of the Muslim world is against Israel. But that does not translate to meaningful love or genuine support. Where are the attack helicopters, jet bombers, precision missiles, tanks and destoyers of Palestine provided by the "entire Muslim world"??

Demographics? Might kick in 50 years.

Media? Even if a mass armed movement were formed in the West against Israel, thanks tot he media, how are they going to get to Israel when their governments support Israel??

The pen is mightier than the sword only outside the arena of combat. None of this helps the Palestinians win the fight. You simply aren't connected to physical reality.

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Keepyer Internetpoints

The enitre Muslim world?? No it doesn't have all that support. Its only the leaders that matter, and the leaders love the Palestinians about as much as the Saudi leadership loves the Yemeni people.

Well yes, neither Egypt nor Jordan wants a 1 million radicalized refugees in their country. However, neither of them recognize Israels right to exist. In the event, can you tell me which islamic country does? I am genuinely curious.

Demographics? Might kick in 50 years.

It is kicking in now already, with no signs to stop. Have you seen the massive crowds Western cities demonstrating for Hamas? In the short term, demographics is nothing, in the long term it is everything.

The pen is mightier than the sword only outside the arena of combat.

There is no military solution to the issue, and if have the narrative and demographics on your side, you win. Simple fact.

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pocket monster

i think the ayatollah national rating has just increased after all the bad thing happening now in gaza, he is probably very, very happy now, israel was getting a foot on many arab nations and they put a stop on this

So true! While Trump was able, while not to solve the Israel/Arab situation, but to put a lid on it by the combination of his policies of energy independence, cutting funds to Hamas and Iran, and Abrahams accords, the Biden admin reversed all that on day one and re-opened the pandoras box. We see the predicted result now.

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Ms. Kamikawa, how come you not asking Israel instead?

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Randy DaytonaToday 12:22 pm JST

You don't acknowledge the US to be a peace negotiator here, so your point is kind of silly.

The US isn't negotiating peace because its supporting Israel and threatening any others not to join the conflict

Is the US attempting mediation between Israel and Hamas ? Or Iran or Lebanon ?

Why would the US negotiate with terrorists or terrorist puppet master Iran? If Iran wants to send weapons somewhere it can do so to recognized governments rather than kidnapping monsters.

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Harsh words for Hamas and supporters worldwide, from the Global Imams Council. Worth reading the whole thing.

Global Imams Council Bans Members From Protesting, Marching In Support Of Hamas, Condemns ‘Violent Rhetoric’ At Rallies In Europe, Others | Sahara Reporters

Fatwa reconfirmed.

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To prevent a full blown mideast war, Iran needs to be pursuaded to stand down.

The US is the bad cop. Japan is being the good cop.

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How could Joe Biden President of the United States side with Israel? Does he not know that Israel is built on Palestinian Land?

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Kids in Palestine and other arab nations are "educated" to hate israel since they are born

Israeli schools also teach the same to their own kids, what do you mean?

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Well yes, neither Egypt nor Jordan wants a 1 million radicalized refugees in their country. However, neither of them recognize Israels right to exist. In the event, can you tell me which islamic country does? I am genuinely curious.

While I'm not sure "right to exist" is the correct expression, both Egypt and Jordan recognize Israel as a state.

The link below has a table of nations and their recognition status with regard to Israel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_Israel

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Johnathan Prin....

Hamas must be eradicated by all means, for the sake of mankind.

Didn't someone with a mustache have a similar idea in the 1930's?

The people not supporting Hamas have fled by now.

Gaza has been locked for years. Almost impossible for Palestinians to get in or out.

Hamas is popular in Gaza, they run schools, hospitals, care homes.... its not just an armed wing to fight Israeli oppression.

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Both sides have justifiable positions (with an s), some justifiable and some not.

This makes no sense.

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I don't see a scenario where Israel has no reaction to the attack by Hamas. What that reaction is that is justifiable I have no idea. I'm not sure under what basis is having the ABILITY to deny water, food, and fuel is justifiable or a permanent solution. There's likely a good reason how Gaza came to be, but to me, I don't see that as a peaceful long term solution as evidently they are self sufficient as is.

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"Aren't self sufficient"

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How could Joe Biden President of the United States side with Israel? Does he not know that Israel is built on Palestinian Land?

No, Israel is an actual country built on Israeli land.

Flag--blue and white.

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