“We need to discuss with them (Israel) what solutions they have in mind. What solutions do you have in mind? Let all the Palestinians go? Kill them?” This was stated by the high representative, Josep Borrell, before the meeting of EU foreign ministers with his Israeli counterpart, Israel Katz. In addition to that meeting, they planned meetings with other actors involved in the conflict in the Middle East, such as the Palestinian Authority or the Arab proponents of the peace proposal. Borrell’s words come as the EU begins to develop a peace plan that includes a two-state solution, which is the “only” option that the 27 see as possible to guarantee peace in region. Borrell assured that it will be a “comprehensive approach.”
Israel’s massacre in Gaza exceeds 25,000 dead
“We need to stop talking about peace, about the peace process, and start talking more specifically about a process for a two-state solution,” Borrell asked reporters when he arrived at Foreign Affairs Council. In a speech on Friday, he singled out the two-state solution as being “imposed” on Israel “from the outside” because of its repeated refusal to implement it. “The way to destroy Hamas is not how they do it. They fuel hatred within generations,” the head of diplomacy warned: “Peace and stability cannot be established by military means alone, and not in particular that dogma where they use military means.”
The EU approved a specific framework of sanctions against Hamas to punish those who support the terrorist organization by providing material or financial means. The package, which was approved on Friday, already includes the punishment of six people.
“The humanitarian situation could not be worse. There are no words to explain this,” warned the high representative, who recalled that there are hundreds of thousands of people without “shelter or food and under bombs.” The Foreign Ministers agreed on the need for humanitarian aid to reach the Gaza Strip.
What is still missing from their consensus is to request a ceasefire. Countries like Germany are not in favor of working under the premise that Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas. And those who defend it put various qualifications afterwards. For example, the Spaniard José Manuel Albares talked about a “permanent ceasefire.” Belgium referred to an “imminent ceasefire” and Finland described it as “humanitarian.” “We have to do that and find steps so that this ceasefire can lead to a longer one and the two parties negotiate,” added Minister Elina Valtonen. “The first thing we need is a ceasefire, I don’t care what the name is,” said Xavier Bettel, from Luxembourg.
The 27 foreign ministers, who fear an escalation of the conflict at the regional level with the tension between Iran and Pakistan, will respond to the conflict in the Middle East with all the actors involved, including the Israeli Foreign Minister , Israel Katz, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud; Jordan, Ayman Safadi, and Egypt, as well as the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Also with the head of diplomacy of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad al-Maliki.