“We need to do more than express concern,” said Josep Borrell about the dramatic situation in the Gaza Strip. The head of European diplomacy pointed to the need to stop supplying weapons to Israel and, in particular, pointed to the United States after Joe Biden criticized the actions of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Spain is sending ammunition to Israel despite announcing that it is suspending arms exports
“Beyond words, what else do you think needs to be done? If you think the death toll is too high, do you have the possibility to reduce it?” the high representative asked himself before taking part in an informal meeting of development ministers. To journalists’ questions about the arms embargo, Borrell replied: “The EU does not supply arms to Israel; some, yes.”
And he insisted again: “If you think the death toll is too high, you can do something to make it lower.” Borrell previously recalled that the president of the United States himself questioned Israel’s actions in Gaza by acknowledging that “the operations are disproportionate” and that “they are excessive.”
Although there is not a single position within the 27 regarding the conflict in the Middle East, there are countries, such as Spain, Belgium, or Ireland, that want a stronger stance towards Netanyahu and demand, for example, a ceasefire, as happened in the massacre. continued, the tone also rose.
Borrell also addressed one of the EU’s concerns: the possibility of Donald Trump returning to the White House. The relationship with the United States during his mandate was greatly damaged, and now there is great fear of his return because of the geopolitical consequences it could have, especially because of the possibility that support for Ukraine will completely disappear.
Trump caused a lot of trouble in recent hours by saying that he would “encourage” Vladimir Putin to attack NATO member countries that do not meet their military spending commitments (2% of GDP). Spain, for example, did not comply.
“In this campaign, we will see many things,” warned Borrell. “Let’s be serious, NATO will not be an à la carte military alliance. “This is not a military alliance that depends on the status of the president of the United States.”
The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, described Trump’s words as “reckless” and accused him of serving Putin’s “interests.”. For him, these statements “also emphasize the need for the European Union to urgently develop its strategic autonomy and invest in its defense.”
“Any suggestion that allies do not defend each other undermines all our security, including that of the United States, and puts American and European soldiers at greater risk,” was the reaction, for his part, of NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.