EU ministers debate new steps in Gaza conflict
EU foreign ministers met on Monday to discuss new measures regarding the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, including new measures against the financing of the Palestinian organization, which is considered a terrorist organization by the Twenty -seven, as well as vetoes on Israeli entry. settlers responsible for acts of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.
The war in Ukraine is also in the works, which has lost focus on the emergence of the conflict in the Middle East. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitro Kuleba, is in Brussels with his European counterparts to remind them that the fight against Russian aggression continues.
The war in Gaza has exposed methodological divisions between some member states, but ministers will try to find a common path to debate a document drawn up by the EU’s diplomatic service outlining some measures to be taken in conflict.
According to that document, to which Reuters has access, the EU can do more against the propaganda and financing of a group it considers terrorist, which means freezing any assets in the territory of the community. On Friday, the head of Hamas’ military branch, Mohammed Deif, and his number two, Marwan Issa, were added to the bloc’s list of sanctioned terrorists.
Senior European officials, including the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, have also expressed concern about increasing violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The document, in this sense, suggests that the response of the Twenty-seven may include a veto on the entry into the EU of those responsible for these acts. Last week, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said that “extremist settlers from the West Bank” should be banned from entering the EU.
Diplomatic sources warn, however, that it will be difficult to achieve the unity necessary to take these steps, considering that Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary are staunch allies of Israel. But the US is more advanced and last week it banned the entry of these violent citizens, which could pave the way for the EU. (Reuters)