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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0117/2014

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on Israel-Palestine after the Gaza war and the role of the EU (2014/2845(RSP))

Charles Tannock, Bas Belder, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Ryszard Czarnecki, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Geoffrey Van Orden, Zdzisław Krasnodębski on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on Israel-Palestine after the Gaza war and the role of the EU (2014/2845(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas violence between Gaza and Israel lasted for a period of 50 days, which is longer than Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009 and Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012;

B.     whereas the war between Hamas and Israel should be viewed in the larger context of the Israeli-Arab conflict;

C.     whereas Hamas is an EU-designated terrorist organisation and has been recorded by the international media using innocent civilians as human shields;

D.     whereas UN figures suggest that 72 people were killed in Israel during the violence, including one child, while 450 soldiers and 80 civilians were injured, with 2 139 Palestinians being killed, including 490 children, and approximately 500 000 Gaza residents have been displaced and 20 000 homes in Gaza have been destroyed;

E.     whereas more than 3 700 rockets were fired by Hamas into Israel;

F.     whereas the EU is the first trading partner for Israel, with total trade in 2012 amounting to approximately EUR 33 billion;

G.     whereas a number of violent anti-Semitic clashes and riots took place during summer 2014 in several European cities including London and Paris as a direct consequence of the Gaza-Israel conflict;

H.     whereas there are a number of key players within the Gaza-Israel conflict groups, including the Arab nations, the European Union, the United States, Japan, international institutions (UN agencies), EU Member States and other nations;

1.      Commends the speed of Israel’s military attorney general in launching investigations into a number of airstrikes carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces, in particular given the fact that Israel is fighting Hamas, an EU-designated terrorist organisation;

2.      Asserts that there is an urgent need for the EU to assist in cooperation between the PA and Israel as regards the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip to ensure that no humanitarian assistance is diverted for terrorist purposes against innocent civilians; notes that the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip receive one of the highest levels of aid in the world;

4.      Calls for EU policy and monetary assistance in support of citizens of southern Israel who have suffered economic losses and damages to infrastructure due to rocket fire from Gaza;

5.      Stresses the fact that all EU institutions must provide continued support to the PA and the Israeli Government in their peace negotiations to settle the borders of a potential, future Palestinian state; recalls that the EU would like to see Gaza under the leadership of the PA, implementing law and order and abiding by democratic values and principles;

6.      Recognises and commends the role played by Egypt in brokering a ceasefire; supports the Egyptian authorities in their continued work with the Israelis and Palestinians in order to establish a long-term ceasefire; welcomes recent reports that the Egyptians are due to commence talks on a permanent ceasefire;

7.      Stresses the fact that it is imperative that the PA, the EU, Egypt and Jordan work, in a robust manner, towards ensuring that terrorist groups in Gaza and the West Bank cannot rearm and do not return to smuggle weapons, manufacture rockets and build tunnels;

8.      Recalls, once again, the fact that the EU is committed to assisting with the implementation of the practical elements associated with all agreements reached by the PA and Israel, including manning border crossings and overseeing the import and export of goods to and from Gaza;

9.      Calls for a positive role for the EU in facilitating the resolution of the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict and the larger Israeli-Arab conflict through peaceful and constructive means, which serve the EU’s interests of security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East; urges all EU institutions to encourage trade, cultural, scientific, energy, water and economic relations between Israel and its neighbours;

10.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, the President of the UN General Assembly, the governments and parliaments of the UN Security Council members, the Middle East Quartet Envoy, the Knesset and the Government of Israel, the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Government of Egypt and the Government of the Kingdom of Jordan.

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