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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Latest developments in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria (debate)

  Norbert Neuser (S&D).(DE) Mr President, Baroness Ashton, you spoke about how important it is to bring about peace in the Middle East. You said that the Middle East Quartet is playing a positive role and that the EU should support Jordan and the Quartet.

The Israeli Government claims that it is in favour of a responsible peace process and a two-state solution, but the reality looks rather different. The Gaza Strip is still an open-air prison. The EU and the United Nations are constantly providing more money to feed the people in Gaza and the Israeli army has destroyed aid projects set up by the EU in occupied Palestinian territory in recent years which cost EUR 50 million. The aim of these aid projects was to provide better living conditions for the Palestinians and they included schools, infrastructure and education projects. We owe it to our taxpayers in the EU to make it clear to the Israelis that this situation has to change and that Israel’s settlement policy must finally come to an end.

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