EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell stated on Monday that the European Union exclusively supports the UN-backed two-state solution as the acceptable peace process in the Gaza Strip.
Borrell also criticized “Israel’s” approach to war, citing a significant civilian death toll in the Gaza Strip and asserting that it is “seeding the hate for generations.”
The top EU diplomat said that “Israel” is invited to engage in discussions as the EU Foreign Affairs Council meets in Brussels to address the Middle East situation, including regional developments, worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza, and the imperative to prevent a conflict spillover in the region while considering potential peace terms.
“I think that we have to stop talking about the peace process and start talking more concretely about the two-state solution process. Because ‘peace’ — it could be many different peaces, what kind of peace you are talking about? So let’s talk about what we want to do, and what we want to do is to build a two-state solution. The way of naming it is important. So from now on I will not talk about the peace process, but I will talk about the two-state solution process,” Borrell told journalists ahead of the council, adding that “Israel” is invited to participate in the discussions and present its perspective on a future peace.
“If they do not agree Israelis on the two-state solution, we have to discuss. That is why we are here, we have to discuss even if they disagree. They have to come here and they will discuss with us and we will study which solution they have in mind,” Borrell said.
He further noted that the council’s attention to Middle East developments does not compromise its support for Ukraine.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frequently expressed opposition to the two-state solution, which entails establishing an autonomous Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.