The European Union's Chief Diplomat, Josep Borrell, has critically examined the prolonged negligence of the international community toward the Palestinian issue, likening it to an issue brushed under the rug. In a poignant reflection on his blog hosted on the European Union's official website, Borrell expressed his concern, stating, "We have tried too hard to dismiss the Palestinian issue as if it no longer exists and will resolve itself.
We are entering a new phase of the hundred-year war between Israel and the Palestinians. This can be very dangerous for global peace, and the international community must mobilize to avoid such a scenario." He emphasized the failure of the international community in effectively implementing the Oslo Agreement, which has been in place for a staggering three decades.
Borrell lamented the grim reality, "Since Oslo, the number of Israeli settlers has tripled in the occupied territories, while a possible Palestinian state has once again been squeezed into a maze of disconnected territories.
Every day we call for a two-state solution, but as a Palestinian representative asked me during the UN General Assembly: 'Other than calling for that, what are you doing to achieve that solution?'"
International Community Must Act Now to Address Escalating Israeli-Palestinian Tensions and Achieve Lasting Peace
In an unwavering stance, he proclaimed that peace cannot manifest on its own but must be actively constructed, stating, "The most difficult decisions are always made at the edge of the abyss.
And we are there now. The solution of two states remains the only sustainable one. We must invest all our political energy in achieving the goal." Borrell's impassioned plea serves as a powerful catalyst for the international community to confront the pressing reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It underscores the need for a multifaceted strategy to resolve this enduring and intricate issue, one that transcends mere rhetoric. His words serve as a wake-up call, emphasizing that the path to peace is not one of wishful thinking but of sustained determination and collaborative action involving all stakeholders, with the goal of achieving a lasting and equitable resolution.