The European Union said the destruction of Gaza due to the Israeli invasion was comparable to the destruction of Germany during World War II, if not higher. Photo/REUTERS
BRUSSELS – European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said the destruction caused in Gaza as a result of Israel’s war against Hamas was comparable to the destruction of Germany during World War II.
According to him, the destruction of the Palestinian territories could be even higher. That’s because Israel’s military operations have not shown any signs of ending.
Speaking to Spanish broadcaster RTVE, Borrell said Israel’s bombing campaign in the Palestinian enclave was already one of the most intense in history.
“The level of destruction of their cities is comparable, if not higher, to the level of destruction of German cities during World War II,” said Borrell, as quoted from Anadolu, Saturday (9/12/2023).
Borrell hopes Europe will take steps to stop violence against Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories.
Borrell’s remarks referred to the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where at least 271 people have been killed in attacks by Israeli soldiers and settlers since October 7. The death toll is according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Borrell warned that the recent increase in violence in the region has allowed the current expansion of Israel’s occupation to be four times greater than it was 30 years ago when the Oslo Accords were signed.
Borrell added that the current situation makes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “much more difficult.”
In 1993, the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel signed the Oslo Accords, which gave Palestine a form of civil government. However, negotiations failed to reach a peace agreement leading to the establishment of a Palestinian State.
United States-sponsored peace talks between Palestine and Israel failed in April 2014 because Tel Aviv refused to halt settlement construction and release Palestinian prisoners imprisoned before 1993.