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July 22, 2014

1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a teleconference with Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, for half an hour from around 17:45 on 22 July on the resent situation in the Gaza Strip.

2. Prime Minister Abe, regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip, expressed his deep concern on the rapidly growing number of casualties in both Israel and Palestine since the launch of the Israeli ground operation, and urged all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint to end the vicious cycle of violence. He appreciated the decision made by Israel to accept a ceasefire proposal by Egypt last week, and strongly requested that Israel once again make a courageous decision to achieve a ceasefire. Prime Minister Abe also mentioned that he has dispatched Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi to Israel and Palestine.

3. Prime Minister Netanyahu explained the Israeli position on the current situation and referred to the necessary efforts of the international community toward demilitarization and development of the Gaza Strip.

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(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.)
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