“HThere is a terrible humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Gaza, a human tragedy that I think will haunt us all for years to come,” said Varadkar while having breakfast with US Vice President Kamala Harris.

The “taoiseach” (Prime Minister of Ireland) is in Washington to meet with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, maintaining the tradition of visiting the country on Saint Patrick’s Day, the annual festival, celebrated on March 17, in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, who died on this same date in the year 461.

Varadkar explained that Ireland knows from experience that “atrocities can lead to cycles of revenge and hatred”, but he also stressed that it is possible to weave “new hope to replace old hatreds”.

“America helped us find peace. And now we will work together to build a just and lasting peace in the Middle East for Israel, Palestine and their Arab neighbors,” he said.

The Irish prime minister privately applauded the “courage and leadership” of Kamala Harris, who called for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza last week.

“I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy, but it was the right thing to do and his words resonated around the world,” he said.

Biden’s Democratic administration supports Israel’s war against Gaza, sending weapons, while expressing frustration over the humanitarian consequences of Israel’s offensive in the Palestinian enclave.

Israel and Hamas have been at war since October 7, 2023, when operatives from the Palestinian Islamist group carried out an unprecedented attack on Israeli soil, killing around 1,200 people and kidnapping around 240 others.

In response, Israel launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip that has caused around 31,500 deaths, according to the Hamas government.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2522167/tragedia-em-gaza-vai-assombrar-nos-nos-proximos-anos

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