EU policy chief urges world to ‘impose’ solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a press conference with Portugal's Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho after the Diplomatic Seminar at Oriente Museum in Lisbon on January 3, 2024. (Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP)
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a press conference with Portugal's Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho after the Diplomatic Seminar at Oriente Museum in Lisbon on January 3, 2024. (Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says the international community must “impose” a solution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

“What we have learned over the last 30 years, and what we are learning now with the tragedy experienced in Gaza, is that the solution must be imposed from outside,” Borrell told diplomats in Portugal.

“Peace will only be achieved in a lasting manner if the international community gets involved intensely to achieve it and imposes a solution,” he says, pointing to the United States, Europe and Arab countries.

Borrell also speaks out against the killing of a senior Hamas leader in Lebanon, in a strike widely attributed to Israel, calling it “an additional factor that can cause an escalation of the conflict.”

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