“In this fast-moving and volatile situation, our Assembly must do everything it can to contribute to finding a peaceful end to the spiral of violence and the terrible humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which UNICEF has named as the most dangerous place on earth to be a child today”, Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD) today said at the opening of a current affairs debate on the theme ‘Spiral of violence and humanitarian crisis in the Middle-East: Finding a peaceful way out’. The events of the last weeks, “the brutal terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and the devastating war inflicted on the people of Gaza, are the latest chapter in this horror and must be the last”, he added.
Our Assembly, Mr Pociej added, has already reiterated its support for a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its support for two equally legitimate aspirations, Israel’s right to be recognised and live in security, and the Palestinians’ right to have their own independent state, remains stronger than ever. I believe that Europe should play a meaningful role in supporting the respective sides so that they can take the appropriate measures to fulfil these aspirations.
Boaz Bismuth and Bernard Sabella, representing the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, also took the floor during the debate.