On 12 July 2021, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) took place. This meeting included the discussion of topics like the geopolitics of new technologies, the Strategic Compass to be adopted by March 2022, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, and the political stalemate in Lebanon.
Furthermore, there was a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, to have an exchange on the EU-Israel bilateral relations, and the political situation in the region. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, stressed the importance of Israel’s security while expecting the country to offer a political perspective to end the conflict with the Palestinians. He highlighted the EU's strong support for the ‘two-state solution’, and its will to support both Israelis and Palestinians in their efforts to rebuild a meaningful process towards peace and justice.
From SOLIDAR, we welcome the declaration by High Representative Borrell in its intention to support the peacebuilding process in the region, and strongly advocate for the ‘two-state solution’ to the conflict. This is why SOLIDAR joined the Campaign for the Recognition of the State of Palestine, which urges EU member states and governments across the world to officially recognise the State of Palestine as the 194th UN member state. With the support of civil society organisations from the EU, Israel, Palestine and the diaspora, we call upon Europe to recognise the urgency and lead a diplomatic initiative that aims to achieve a just and sustainable resolution of this long-standing conflict. We believe that this is the only solution in place to stop all forms of violence and discrimination, and opening a new historical phase of peace, cooperation, and coexistence that is based on mutual recognition and respect for the two peoples, Israeli and Palestinian.
Find out more about the campaign on its dedicated webpage.