EU calls for 'restraint' over Gaza violence

'Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force.'

Mordechai Sones,

Mahmoud Abbas is greeted by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini
Mahmoud Abbas is greeted by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini
Reuters

European Union High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini issued a statement on the Gaza violence and latest developments in Israel, stating what according to her Israel must do.

"Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence," lamented Mogherini. "We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life. Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force. Hamas and those leading the demonstrations in Gaza must ensure that they remain strictly non-violent and must not exploit them for other means."

The European Union has recently pledged its support for the vision of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states,” Mogherini said during a meeting this January. Just before the meeting, Mogherini called Trump’s declaration “a problem”: “Clearly there is a problem with Jerusalem. That is a very diplomatic euphemism.”

Mogherini's latest statement continues:

"During these days, both Israelis and Palestinians are commemorating defining moments for their nations. Each side in this conflict has legitimate claims and aspirations which need to be mutually acknowledged.

"Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians. The ties of the Jewish people to Jerusalem are irrefutable, and must not be denied. And the same is true for the ties of the Palestinian people to the city.

"Any further escalation of an already extremely tense and complex situation would cause again further unspeakable sufferings to both peoples, and will make the perspective of peace and security even more remote. In this moment, wisdom and courage would be needed to go back to negotiations for a political solution, for the sake both of the Israeli and the Palestinian people, and the entire region. Only a two state solution will realistically allow both sides to fulfil their aspirations, put an end to the conflict, and achieve the just and lasting peace that Israelis and Palestinians long for and deserve.

"The EU remains firmly committed to continue working with both parties and with its partners in the international community towards a resumption of meaningful negotiations aimed at a two-state solution, based on the 4 june 1967 lines and with Jerusalem as capital of both.

"The European Union has a clear, consolidated position on Jerusalem, which was reaffirmed in numerous Foreign Affairs Council conclusions: the EU will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem embodied in, inter alia, UN Security Council Resolution 478, including on the location of diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved."


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