Italy, France, Germany urge EU for ad hoc sanction on Hamas in solidarity with Israeltext_fields
In a coordinated effort, Italy, France, and Germany are urging the European Union to implement ad hoc sanctions against Hamas and its supporters, as outlined in a joint letter to the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.
The letter reportedly expresses full support for the proposal, emphasizing that swift adoption of the sanctions regime would convey a robust political message regarding the EU's stance against Hamas and solidarity with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Western leaders for what he deemed inconsistent in their support. Netanyahu, addressing his cabinet, argued that leaders cannot endorse the elimination of Hamas while simultaneously pressuring Israel to end the war, hindering the achievement of the goal to eradicate the organization.
Meanwhile, France is contemplating the imposition of national sanctions on individuals involved in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna highlighted concerns about the situation in the West Bank, citing numerous instances of violence perpetrated by extremist settlers.
The announcement comes ahead of an EU meeting where discussions on the matter are expected to take place. As tensions persist in the region, the EU faces a delicate balancing act in navigating its stance on Hamas, Israeli settlements, and the broader implications for regional stability.