Prime Minister Alexander De Croo lashed out at the situation in the Gaza Strip during his intervention on Monday during the diplomatic contact days in Brussels. “What is happening in Gaza today is no longer proportionate,” he declared.
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De Croo stressed that the Belgian government immediately condemned the terrorist attack by Hamas on Israeli territory and recognizes that Israel has the right to protect its people and prevent future attacks.
But “what is happening in Gaza today is no longer proportionate,” the prime minister said. “If one bombs an entire refugee camp with the intention of eliminating one terrorist, then I don’t think this is proportionate anymore,” he said. “Something like that is a bridge too far.”
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De Croo pointed out that the psychological impact of the attacks on the Israeli population can hardly be overestimated. According to him, it is “completely logical” that “a solution” is sought for Hamas, the radical Palestinian organization “that poses a daily threat to the Israeli population, with Gaza as its starting point.” “The question is how the solution should be found,” said the Prime Minister.
At the same time, according to De Croo, the decades-long struggle of the Palestinians for self-determination should not be underestimated. Ultimately, a political dialogue should lead to a solution to the conflict, said the prime minister, who again called for a pause in the fighting and the release of hostages in the Gaza Strip. “Our country does not take sides. What we do choose is an end to violence and thousands of civilian victims.”
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