"Nothing justifies Hamas' disastrous decision to start a war against Israel. This aggression must be unequivocally condemned, thereby expressing solidarity and closeness to Israel and its citizens," stated Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the situation in the Middle East.
"Hamas pursues a suicidal strategy from which the Palestinian people will only suffer damage and hardship," he added.
"Stability and security in the Middle East cannot be achieved through arms. At this moment, everything must be done to halt the conflict and reopen the path to negotiated solutions that can ensure the security of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian State," Mr Fassino concluded.