Israel, EU ready for ‘consequences’ if Netanyahu says no to Palestinian state

The Financial Times describes the “growing unease” about the Israeli prime minister’s position

The EU is considering imposing “consequences” on Israel if its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. This was reported by the ‘Financial Times’. The proposal, which will be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers, highlights “growing discomfort” with Israel’s position among many of its Western allies.

In a document released ahead of the meeting and seen by the British newspaper, “Brussels proposed that EU member states ‘impose consequences in the event of commitment or non-commitment’ with respect to the proposed peace plan. The plan provides for the creation of a state for Palestine and mutual recognition of sovereignty – the so-called two-state solution”.

This weekend Netanyahu reiterated that Israel intends to maintain “control over the entire area west of the Jordan”, a territory that includes the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank. The Israeli prime minister reiterated this position after a phone call with US President Joe Biden, who had previously said Netanyahu might be open to a compromise.

“Gaza must be demilitarized” and “placed under the full control of Israeli security”, Netanyahu’s position in detail. “I will not compromise on full Israeli security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River. “I have steadfastly maintained this position in the face of enormous international and domestic pressure.” “I greatly appreciate the United States’ support for Israel, and l ‘I also expressed it to the President of the United States, Joe Biden. However, I stand firm on our vital interests: “We must achieve total victory.”

The United States – it is no mystery – has asked Israel to change its military strategy to reduce civilian casualties and proceed with targeted actions. According to the Israeli government, however, the army’s ground operations will expand to Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, as stated by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

“We are conducting an intense operation in the Khan Younis area, and it will continue to expand,” Gallant says after a flight over the Strip with the Israeli Air Force’s 100th Squadron. And this, he adds, “until we achieve our objectives, first of all, the defeat of Hamas and the return of the hostages”.