Tough guy: Varadkar says the EU is far too passive for far too long over Middle East conflict – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Tough guy: Varadkar says the EU is far too passive for far too long over Middle East conflict




The prime minister said the EU had been “far too passive for far too long” in its efforts to secure a lasting peace deal in the Middle East, reports Breaking News.

Leo Varadkar said he would use next week’s European Council to get other EU leaders to agree on a joint call to renew and push for a peace model for Israel and Palestine based on a “two-state solution”.

His comments came as Israel continued to attack the Gaza Strip following a Hamas attack on Israeli civilians on October 7.

Mr Varadkar was opposed to this issue by Labor leader Ivana Bacic, who insisted that Ireland should do more to increase pressure on Israel to end the bombing.

“We want to see a stronger response from Ireland, pushing at EU level to ensure that other EU member states can be brought on board to seek that crucial goal of a permanent humanitarian ceasefire,” said Ms Bacik, reports Breaking News.

In response, Mr Varadkar told the Dáil: “I’ll use my role as Taoiseach at the European Council next week to press for the European Union to adopt wording calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, and calling for the European Union in particular to take a much more active role in pushing for a two-state solution and Palestinian statehood, because the European Union has been far too passive for far too long when it comes to this conflict,” reports Breaking News.

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