This is not good at all: The split in the EU over the war in Israel

The positions of the European Commission are not agreed on the Israeli-Palestinian war

by Sededin Dedovic
This is not good at all: The split in the EU over the war in Israel
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The schism within the EU stemming from the Israel war has the potential to undermine the authority of the President of the European Commission. Following a series of perplexing statements made by Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, in response to the conflict in Israel, numerous EU member states and fellow commissioners have expressed concerns about her ability to "maintain order within her own domain." Von der Leyen's unreserved support for Israel, without the unanimous backing of all EU member countries, has raised questions.

Just last week, EU foreign ministers collectively condemned the actions of Hamas while also advocating for the protection of civilians, the release of hostages, and the unhindered delivery of essential provisions like food, water, and medicine to the Gaza Strip, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Notably, von der Leyen has refrained from urging Israel to adhere to international law, in contrast to numerous EU leaders, including figures such as Josep Borrell and the United Nations, who have done so. This has led to increasing discord within the EU, raising doubts about her leadership.

"I know that Israel's response will show that it is about democracy," Von der Leyen said briefly on Friday, when she met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The President of the Council, Charles Michel, therefore demanded an urgent virtual EU summit

Charles Michel's call for an urgent virtual summit of the EU highlighted the pressing need for a unified and harmonized response to the evolving situation.

The absence of the European Council in the coordination and participation of the trip to Israel underscored the existing divisions within the EU regarding its stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict. In his statement, Charles Michel emphasized the importance of adhering to the fundamental charters and values of the European Union.

He stressed the necessity of establishing a common position that would reflect the complexity of the situation at hand. This call for unity and clarity comes in response to the varied responses from EU institutions and leaders, such as Ursula von der Leyen's support for Israel without unanimous approval and Josep Borrell's declaration of Israel's Gaza blockade as illegal.

The virtual summit serves as a crucial platform for EU leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue and develop a comprehensive strategy that considers the multifaceted aspects of the Israel-Gaza conflict. It is an opportunity for the EU to demonstrate its commitment to upholding its core principles, promoting peace and stability in the region, and fostering cohesion within the union in the face of challenging international events.

The outcome of this summit will not only determine the EU's stance on the conflict but also its ability to project a unified and effective voice on the global stage.