In a bold move, the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has expressed his support for a two-state solution in the Israel-Gaza conflict, even in the face of Israel’s disagreement. Borrell joins a growing chorus of voices, including U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in advocating for this resolution.
Speaking to the press after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, Borrell emphasized the need to move beyond mere discussions about peace and focus on concrete steps towards a two-state solution. He stated, “We want to build a two-state solution, so let’s discuss it… If we are serious about that, we must study the underlying causes preventing this solution from being implemented.”
While acknowledging that Hamas is a significant obstacle to the two-state solution, Borrell also hinted at other challenges posed by the Israeli government. He dismissed Israel’s objections as unreasonable, asserting that the entire international community, including the United States, supports the two-state solution. Borrell challenged Israel to engage in discussions and present alternative solutions, questioning whether their intentions involve expelling or harming Palestinians.
Borrell also criticized the approach of trying to destroy Hamas through military means, arguing that it only perpetuates hatred and undermines the prospects for peace and stability. He emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach that goes beyond military action.
Borrell’s remarks echo those of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who recently rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for rejecting the right to full statehood for Palestine. Guterres stressed the importance of recognizing the Palestinian people’s right to build their state.
The Biden administration has also lent its support to the two-state solution, with President Biden himself emphasizing that it is the only way to ensure long-term security for both Israelis and Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed this sentiment, calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu has remained steadfast in his opposition, vowing to continue his offensive until achieving “complete victory.” He expressed determination to restore security to the south and the north of Israel, regardless of external pressures.