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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Israel-Palestine after the Gaza war and the role of the EU (B8-0112/2014, B8-0113/2014, B8-0116/2014, RC-B8-0117/2014, B8-0117/2014, B8-0139/2014, B8-0140/2014, B8-0141/2014)

  Claudia Tapardel (S&D), in writing. – The recent war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip has been the third of its kind in the past six years, and possibly the most gruelling of all. Although it lasted for 50 days, it claimed the lives of more than 2000 Palestinian, mostly children, and 70 Israelis. In reaction to the 4500 rockets and mortars fired at Israel by Palestinian militants, the 5226 air strikes carried out by the Israeli air force left Gaza in ruins and in humanitarian need.

The ongoing cycle of violence must be broken. Although Israel has the legitimate right to defend itself against militant attacks, the death of children and innocents is simply unacceptable. The only way to break this vicious circle is to find a sustainable agreement that will address all the root causes of the conflict. Such agreement should restore fundamental freedoms to the people in Gaza and at the same time provide security for Israel. The EU has a prominent role to play in the resumption of the Middle East peace process, with the objective of a two-state solution. I strongly urge the Union to take a more active role in the efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace.

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