EU set to slap sanctions on violent Israeli settlers and Hamas, Borrell says

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives for a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on March 18, 2024. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP)
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives for a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on March 18, 2024. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP)

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell says he is confident the EU will agree today on sanctions against both Hamas and violent Israeli West Bank settlers.

“It seems that today all will agree on putting sanctions on both Hamas and the violent settlers who are harassing Palestinians in the West Bank,” he tells reporters ahead of a foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

The EU is close to agreeing on sanctions for Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank after Hungary signaled an end to its opposition, European diplomats said on Friday.

Some EU members close to Israel, such as Germany and Austria, had said they were ready to approve sanctions on violent settlers once more had been imposed on Hamas.

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