Vice President Kamala Harris today spoke with President Isaac Herzog of Israel on the one-month anniversary of Hamas’s terrorist attack against Israel on October 7. They discussed the latest developments in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.  The Vice President reiterated her support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and combat terrorism following Hamas’s horrific attack, and underscored her and President Biden’s focus on securing the release of hostages being held by Hamas.  The Vice President emphasized the importance of protecting civilian lives and respecting international humanitarian law.  She emphasized the imperative to further increase the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.  The Vice President also raised the need to increase stability and security in the West Bank and hold extremist settlers accountable for violent acts.  Beyond the current conflict, the Vice President underscored the importance of setting conditions now for a durable and sustainable peace and security with equal measures of security, prosperity, and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians. She committed to continue to work with our partners throughout the region to that end.


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