Israel hits back at Borel after he calls for arms embargo: ‘It only strengthens Hamas’

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz attacked EU High Representative Josep Borrell on his X account (formerly Twitter) this Tuesday, a day after the European diplomatic chief suggested that the US cut off arms supplies to Israel. To reduce civilian casualties in the Gaza war.

Katz addresses Borrell directly, saying, “Israel strictly adheres to the international laws of war, ensuring the safe movement of civilians in Gaza. On the contrary, Hamas prevents their safe passage. The Foreign Minister also reiterates that the “loyalty” of the Israeli army is “bigger than the lives of citizens” than that of Hamas.

Yesterday, Borrell, at a press conference in Brussels alongside UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarin, expressed his concern and anger at Israel’s plans to extend its offensive to southern Gaza City, where they have sheltered 1.3 million people who have been evacuated from other countries. Strip territories under Israeli command. “They are going to evacuate. where to the moon Where are they going to evacuate these people?”

The high representative said that we must move from words to action with Israel and, specifically, the United States must stop supplying it with weapons. “How many times have you heard that too many people were killed?” Perhaps fewer weapons should be delivered. “Isn’t that logical?” he noted, before recalling that in 2006, when Israel launched an offensive against the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, Washington made the decision to “stop arms to Israel because it didn’t want to stop. war.”

In response to this proposal, Katz said today that “calls to limit Israel’s defense only serve to strengthen Hamas.” And he added to Borrell: “Be assured that Israel is determined in its mission to dismantle Hamas.”

This is not the first time Israel has accused Borrell and other senior EU or UN officials of siding with Hamas and supporting the Islamist group, which launched a major offensive on Israeli territory on October 7 that killed around 1,200 people and kidnapped more than 200. Nearly a hundred remain in the hands of militants in Gaza. Israel also accused UNRWA staff of involvement in the October attack, prompting several governments, including the US, to freeze funding to the agency.

In this regard, Borrell said that “this is only an allegation” and assured that he had not received “any evidence” to support it.

Source: El Diario





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