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European Leaders Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza, But Germany Alters Wording to Benefit Israel; Isolation of Israel Mounts as Ethical and Political Tensions Intensify

European leaders met in Brussels and issued a joint statement calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. They urged Israel and Hamas to stop their hostilities and emphasized the importance of UNRWA’s work in Germany. However, reports suggest that Germany played a key role in changing the wording of the statement to make it more stringent from Israel’s perspective. Pro-Israel countries like Austria and Hungary also supported this shift, putting pressure on Israel amidst talks of a potential military operation in Rafah.

The European statement highlighted several concerns about the conflict, including ongoing hearings at the International Court of Justice, calls for an increase in humanitarian aid, and efforts to avoid an invasion of Rafah. A group of pro-Palestinian EU countries discussed unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state, reflecting growing sentiment among European leaders concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and Israel’s perceived reluctance to seek a peaceful resolution.

Several European nations have already halted arms sales to Israel since the conflict began, with calls for further restrictions on defense exports and research funding related to drones and UAVs in Israel. Efforts are underway to suspend association agreements between the EU and Israel, challenging its legality amid ongoing hostilities. In Scandinavia and Nordic countries, the Norwegian Wealth Fund is re-evaluating its investments in international and Israeli companies due to possible ethics violations related to the conflict in Gaza.

Overall, European countries are grappling with complex ethical and political implications of their relations with Israel amid ongoing hostilities in Gaza. The changing landscape of arms sales, investment policies, diplomatic ties underscores evolving dynamics of the region’s conflict and global response to it.

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