With the situation worsening dramatically with the passing of every hour, Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini today renewed her appeal for a stop to the armed confrontation between Israel and Gaza. “For days now we have been witness to indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas. Hamas’ threat to the security of Israel with its continuous rocket launches against civilian targets is unacceptable. And the daily toll of Palestinian victims is increasingly heavy and intolerable”, the minister asserted.
“The potential for the situation to spin out of control is becoming more and more concrete, with risks to the stability of an entire region already sorely tried by other crises”, she continued.
“Hence the need to immediately reinstate the ceasefire. First of all in order to restore calm on the ground and ensure the safety of civilians. And then to allow the resumption of talks, which is the only path to a sustainable solution to the conflict”, she underscored, “those working against unity, to divide and destroy, must be isolated. Difficult times call for courageous choices”.
“We extend our solidarity to the suffering populations, and Italy, not least as duty President of the Council of the EU, is ready to support an EU role alongside the international community to achieve a ceasefire and facilitate the relaunch of peace negotiations”, she insisted.
“As far as I am concerned, then, I am prepared to brief the Parliament as soon as possible on the situation in the Middle East”, Mogherini concluded.