EU's Borrell urges allies to stop sending weapons to Israel

AFP , Ahram Online , Monday 12 Feb 2024

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday urged allies of Israel -- primarily the United States -- to stop sending it weapons due to the high number of civilians it killed in Gaza.

European Commission vice-president in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy
European Commission vice-president in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Brussels. AFP

 

Pointing to US President Joe Biden's comment last week that Israel's army attacks was "over the top", Borrell said: "Well, if you believe that too many people are being killed, maybe you should provide less arms in order to prevent so many people have been killed."

"Is (it) not logical?" he asked, in a Brussels news conference alongside Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA.

"How many times have you heard the most prominent leaders and foreign ministers around the world saying too many people are being killed?" Borrell asked.

The chief EU diplomat also slammed an order by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the more than one million Palestinians sheltering in the Gaza city of Rafah need to be "evacuated" ahead of a planned Israeli military operation there.

“Netanyahu doesn’t listen to anyone. [He says] they are going to evacuate [the people]. Where? To the moon? Where are they going to evacuate this people to? Borrell asked.

“In 2006 the world, the US already took this decision. They already took the decision to halt the supply of arms to Israel because Israel didn’t want to stop the war. Exactly the same thing happens today. Everybody goes to Tel Aviv begging ‘Please, don’t do that, protect civilians; don’t kill so many. How many is too many?”

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