EU Rep: Tragedy in Gaza outcome of global political and moral failure

Josep Borrell
The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN – The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said on Monday, "The current tragedy in Gaza is the outcome of a decade-long global political and moral failure, for which the Israeli and Palestinian are paying a high p rice.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Borrell added that the international community has formally committed itself to the two-state solution   without a roadmap to achieve it effectively.

He said the Abraham Accord led many to believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be overlooked, adding that the war "dispelled that illusion”.

“This time, we must finally end the vicious circle of violence,” he said.

He said that the EU is urging Israel to exercise maximum restraint to minimize civilian casualties, avoiding bombing civilian facilities and stating that cutting off food, water, electricity and fuel to the besieged population of Gaza was "not acceptable."

"We have quadrupled our humanitarian aid to Gaza to 100 million euros and organized an air bridge to bring the most urgently needed products to Rafah, in Egypt," he added.

On discrepancies amongst EU member states regarding the Israeli war on Gaza, Borrell said, "We are a Union of 27 different countries that have been at war with each other for centuries with rivers of blood and millions of dead, but now we live in peace for nearly eighty years," adding that "the war must be the last one."

He explained that the EU issued a call for an immediate halt to the Israeli war on Gaza, a call that the German Chancellor rejected.

He said the EU is "living proof" that it would be possible to make peace in the Middle East, including between Israel and Palestine.

“Our 27 member states sometimes have different views on many issues because of their dissimilar histories, cultures, and geographies. It is indeed also the case in some aspects of the current crisis in Gaza."

He added that EU member states agree on the urgent need to put an end to the dramatic humanitarian situation of the civilian population in Gaza and to restart a political process leading to a two-state solution.

On the EU's failure to condemn Israel's targeting of hospitals and UNRWA schools, Borrell said, "We need to improve our outreach on what we say and what we do," adding, "the last statement of the 27 EU countries from 12 November says clearly that 'international humanitarian law stipulates that hospitals, medical supplies and civilians inside hospitals must be protected.'"

He urged Israel to exercise restraint to ensure the protection of civilians, noting the incidents where Israeli warplanes struck a Jordanian field hospital and injured seven staff.