REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, LONDON — Head of Foreign Policy Department European Union Josep Borrell on Monday (12/2/2024) called on the international community to reconsider the possibility of sending weapons to Israel. He highlighted the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza, which currently exceeds 28,000 people.
“How many times have you heard the most prominent leaders and foreign ministers around the world say that too many people are being killed?” Borrell asked at the press conference.
Borrell said United States (US) President Joe Biden said the death toll was “too many, excessive” and disproportionate. “No“If you think too many people are being killed, maybe you should give less weapons (to Israel) to prevent so many people from dying,” he said.
Borrell recalled how in 2006 the US decided to stop sending weapons to Israel during the Lebanon war. More precisely, when Israel did not want to stop the war, he said that the same thing is happening today.
He asked, everyone went to Tel Aviv to beg. Please don’t do this, protect the civilians, don’t kill too many! How much is too much? “Where are the standards?” – said Borrell.
“But Netanyahu won’t listen to anyone,” he added, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has consistently rejected calls for peace and insisted that Israel seize the Gaza Strip. “They will be evacuated (from Rafah)! Where – to the moon? Where will they evacuate these people?” Borrell spoke of Israel’s widely criticized plan to evacuate the southern Gaza city of Rafah and launch an offensive.
Borrell also said that if the international community believes that this was a massacre, that too many people were killed, maybe they should consider providing weapons.
Borrell referred to a Dutch court order to stop the delivery of F-35 fighter jet spare parts to Israel from the Netherlands to comply with the interim order of the UN International Court of Justice. He said that each EU member state has its own policy, but it is somewhat contradictory to keep saying that too many people are dying. “Too many people are being killed, please take care of the people, please don’t kill too many,” he said.
source: antara, anadolu