Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under criticism for opposing a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict. His criticism has been joined by the European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell and top diplomats of several countries in the alliance. Borrell said Israel’s plan to destroy Hamas in Gaza is not working.
The bloc’s foreign policy chief stressed the two-state solution on Monday ahead of the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. He said Israel cannot achieve peace “by military means alone”.
Meanwhile, Israel is carrying out a terrible attack on Gazar Khan Yunis. At least 190 people have been killed in Israeli strikes in the last 24 hours, according to an update from the Gaza Health Ministry yesterday. 340 people were injured. Since October 7, 25,295 people have been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces. At least 63,000 Palestinians were injured.
“The Only Solution”
EU foreign ministers met separately with the foreign ministers of Israel and Palestine and key Arab countries. The alliance’s foreign affairs chief also held a meeting with them separately.
Borrell reiterated the UN’s condemnation of Netanyahu’s opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state after the Gaza war as “unacceptable”. He said, ‘What we want to do is to reach a two-state solution. So let’s talk about it.’
Addressing Israel, the EU foreign affairs chief said, “Peace and stability cannot be achieved by military means alone.” Apart from this, do they have any other solution in mind? Force all Palestinians to leave? Kill them?’
Borel also said, ‘Israel’s plan to destroy Hamas in Gaza is not working. Despite Israel’s opposition, the EU must press ahead with efforts to implement a two-state solution.’
What we want to do is arrive at a two-state solution.
Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief
German Foreign Minister Annalena Bayerbock said, “The two-state solution is the only solution.” Even those who do not want to know about it, so far they have not been able to present any alternative.’ Before this, the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom and France also criticized Netanyahu’s position.
The day before the meeting of EU foreign ministers, there were large protests in Brussels on Sunday. At this time, the protesters called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and concrete steps to establish the right of the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, protests are intensifying in Israel demanding the release of Israelis imprisoned in Gaza. Relatives of the prisoners protested near Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem on Sunday night.
In addition, yesterday, the meeting of the financial committee in the Israeli parliament was disrupted due to the protests of the relatives of the prisoners. “You cannot sit here while they (hostages) are dying,” read one of the protesters’ placards.
At one stage more than 12 protesters entered the session hall. In the video, security personnel are trying to remove them from there.
Khan Yunis is being crushed
Israel is conducting an all-out attack by water, land and air on Khan Yunis, the second largest city in Gaza, Palestine. Residents say Israeli forces are carrying out the worst attack there since the war began on October 7. Yesterday Israeli tanks took position on the road leading to two hospitals in the city.
Israeli forces launched a major offensive last week to capture Khan Yunis, the main town in southern Gaza. This is the first time Israeli tanks have reached the Mediterranean coastal district of al-Mawasi. People in Al-Khair and Al-Amal hospitals there are under siege.
Fighting has spread deep into what is left of the Gaza Strip in Israel’s new phase of war. Residents of northern and central Gaza sought refuge in the area to escape Israeli attacks.
Most of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have taken refuge in Deir al-Balah, just north of Khan Yunis, and in the Rafah area to the south. They are crammed into various government buildings and huge refugee camps made of tents.
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