Josep Borrell on the situation in Palestine/Israel: “the priority is to stop violence”
May 19, 2021
In an informal videoconference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell declared that “the priority [in the Middle East] is the immediate cessation of all violence and the implementation of a ceasefire. The purpose is to protect civilians and to give full humanitarian access in Gaza”. He also condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups on the Israeli territory.
“We support the right of defence of Israel and the right to security, also for the Palestinians”, HR Josep Borrell continued. “And we consider that security for Israel and Palestine requires a true political solution. Because only a true solid political solution could bring peace and for doing that we need to restore a polite political horizon.”
He insisted on the priority to stop violence and to implement the ceasefire, but also to “engage to reopen a political horizon: exploring space for reengagement between the parties; developing confidence building measures; improving living conditions of the people and opening the path towards the potential of launching of the peace process.”
Finally, the EU believes that the holding of Palestinian elections must be considered a priority.