Friday, March 1, 2024

Borrell asked the US to enforce an arms embargo on Israel

With more than 25,000 dead in Gaza—most of them civilians—and the death toll increasing every day, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, believes that it is time to “move from words to actions.”” Several European ministers have warned Benjamin Netanyahu’s government that the military operations it is carrying out in the Strip are “disproportionate” and have proposed an arms embargo on Israel to the United States.

“We are concerned about the situation in Gaza, especially on the border with Egypt,” Borrell acknowledged, entering an informal meeting of Cooperation and Development ministers in Brussels. The head of European diplomacy criticized the Israeli leader for forcing 1.7 million Palestinians to flee their homes in the south. “In other wars, people flee, but they cannot escape and are bombed,” he warned.

Military operations in the area have also made it difficult for humanitarian aid to access the Strip. “Many of us have asked Israel in recent times not to block humanitarian aid to Gaza, but we need to do more than express concern,” Borrell stressed. In that sense, it suggests that the United States implement an arms embargo on the Jewish nation. “Even Washington, the main ally of Israel, says that its actions are disproportionate, that the number of civilian deaths is intolerable, and that it cannot continue on this path. We must act from those words to action. The European Union doesn’t supply weapons to Israel, but the United States does. “If they thought the death toll was too high, maybe they could do something about it.”

Criticism of Trump

The head of European diplomacy also had words for Donald Trump, who during the candidacy campaign said that he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever the hell it wants” with allies that cannot reach 2% of GDP spending on defense. Borrell described these statements as “crazy ideas” and emphasized that the Atlantic Alliance was not an “à la carte” organization. “NATO cannot become an à la carte military alliance depending on the mood of the US president,” he stressed.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for his part, called these words “reckless.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did the same, saying that “any idea that allies will not defend each other is an attack on security.” The Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, emphasized the great contribution of the allied countries after the start of the war in Ukraine and emphasized that he hopes that Trump’s statements will serve as “a wake-up call” for the allies who “couldn’t do it. very well.”.

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