During a videoconference with the Foreign Ministers of the Twenty-seven, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, presented his defense and expressed his belief that the best security option for Israel is the creation of the State of Palestine. He explained that he had drawn this conclusion after multiple contacts in the region and urged diplomacy to achieve humanitarian pauses and avoid an uncontrollable escalation of the crisis.
To advance towards a political solution, Borrell commissioned the EU External Action Service to create a document with options for the future of Gaza. He hopes that this document will be on the ministers’ table in December and serve as a basis for relaunching the two-state solution. Borrell emphasized that diplomatic efforts are necessary to address humanitarian concerns in Gaza and prevent an uncontrollable escalation.
Borrell highlighted his recent visit to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia during his videoconference. He discussed how diplomatic efforts are needed to address humanitarian concerns in Gaza from a holistic perspective and reflect on what actions need to be taken after an Israeli offensive. Borrell also warned about the risk of conflict spreading beyond Gaza if it is not addressed promptly.
Borrell also brought up a case where a Yemeni ship was hijacked by rebels in response to the war in Gaza. He stressed that diplomacy is necessary to avoid an uncontrollable escalation and called for rapid implementation of UN resolutions related to humanitarian issues in Yemen.
In summary, Josep Borrell emphasized that diplomacy is crucial in addressing conflicts like those in Gaza and Yemen. He believes that creating a two-state solution would provide long-term security for both sides involved.