Gaza: European premises and conclusions

Conclusions

Conclusions of the Council of the European Union, 22 July 2014

Last week, while the Israeli army bombed Gaza and the macabre body count increased, the twenty eight Foreign Affairs Ministers of the European Union met at the Council and adopted Conclusions about the situation in the strip. They didn’t mention Gaza in the title, though. They rather talked about the non-existent ‘Middle East Process’.

Point number 1 develops the premises on which the European governments’political position is based. These premises make the rest of the declaration -which refers to the so-called “peace negotiations”- a farce. The difference between the tone used to qualify the actions of the Israeli army and those of the Palestinian groups -considered terrorists- is huge and clarifying.

First of all, “the EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza strop, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts.” The document also replicates Israeli propaganda on human shields.

However, the EU only “condemns the loss of hundres of civilian lives, including many women and children“, without mentioning the responsible for such deaths, which is no other than the Israeli State itself. Furthermore, the EU Ministers recognize “Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself against any attacks“, reaffirming the idea that the ultimate responsible for the deaths of the Palestinians are the Palestinians themselves. Our governments only ask that the military operation should be  “proportionate and in line with international humanitarian law (sic)”. That is, the acts committed by the Israeli army are not “criminal and unjustifiable“, contrary to those of the Palestinian resistance. The world upside down.

Of course, such support was warmly welcomed by the Israeli government. Not only that. In an official statement the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson goes so far as to insinuate that the Council conclusions were previously negotiated with Israel, as if it were another EU member state. According to the statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the far-right Avigdor Liberman, “who has been in contact with his colleagues, foreign ministers across Europe, prior to the meeting [of the Council] declared that the statement of the EU ministers illustrate that the free world is united against Hamas terrorism and that Israel has the full right to protect itself. FM Liberman also thanked the Foreign Ministry staff for their effective efforts in bringing about these results.

No further comments are needed.

 Comunicado IL

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