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Human suffering in Gaza must stop: Belgium’s Lahbib

Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib has welcomed the ICJ ruling that called for Israel to stop its military offensive in Rafah, urging immediate implementation of the decision.

She said on X: “The violence and human suffering in Gaza must stop. We call for a ceasefire, the release of the hostages and negotiations for two states.”

Israel’s Lapid calls ICJ ruling ‘a moral disaster’

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid has condemned the ICJ for not making a connection between the cessation of fighting in Rafah and the return of the abductees and Israel’s right to defend itself in its ruling on Israel’s war in Gaza.

He called the judgement “a moral collapse and a moral disaster”.

He said: “It is Israel that was brutally attacked from Gaza and had to defend itself against a horrible terrorist organisation that murdered children, raped women and still fires rockets at innocent civilians.”

Rafah fighting will go on until captives return home: Israeli minister

Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miki Zohar has said the only way to save the Israeli hostages in Gaza is by putting pressure on Hamas.

Responding to the ICJ ruling on Israel’s war in Gaza, he said on X: “Judges of the High Court in The Hague are invited to come to Gaza and convince Hamas to return our abductees home.”

“Until this happens, it is clear that there is no possibility of stopping the fighting in Rafah,” he also said. “The cessation of hostilities will be a spit in the face of the abductees who go through hell and hell every day when the only way to save them is only by putting pressure on Hamas,” he added.

No, negotiations have already proven to be the way to get the hostages out. While continuing the destruction of Gaza has proven to kill more hostages while starving them to death along with the rest of the population.

Israel is only using the hostages as an excuse to keep fighting.