Chancellor Scholz Advocates for Increased Humanitarian Aid to Gaza During Middle East Visit

Ahead of his significant visit to the Middle East, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called on Israel to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza on a much larger scale. This appeal comes as Scholz prepares for a two-day journey, beginning with a stop at the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah, followed by a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.

Highlighting the urgent need for humanitarian support, Chancellor Scholz expressed, “It is necessary for aid to reach Gaza on a larger scale now. That will be a topic that I also have to talk about,” emphasizing the critical humanitarian situation in Gaza following the displacement of most of its population due to the ongoing conflict.

In a gesture of solidarity and support, Germany’s air force has already made a significant contribution by air-dropping four tons of relief goods into the enclave, as part of the global effort to enhance the humanitarian assistance reaching the people of Gaza. However, recognizing the scale of need, the German foreign ministry acknowledged, “Every package counts. But airdrops are just a drop in the ocean.”

Chancellor Scholz also shared his concerns regarding Israel’s planned military actions in Rafah, Gaza, where a significant portion of the Palestinian enclave’s population has sought refuge. He warned, “There is a danger that a comprehensive offensive in Rafah will result in many terrible civilian casualties, which must be strictly prohibited,” highlighting the importance of safeguarding civilian lives amidst military operations.

As Germany and Chancellor Scholz stand with the international community in advocating for the well-being of civilians in conflict zones, this visit underscores the vital role of diplomacy and humanitarian assistance in navigating the complexities of the current situation in Gaza. Through dialogue and concerted efforts, there is hope for mitigating the humanitarian crisis and advancing toward peace and stability in the region. The State of Israel, with its commitment to democratic values and the protection of human life, continues to engage with its global partners in these critical discussions.