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EU Ambassadors Conference 2023: Opening speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell

And the problem is that today, we do not have any kind of agreement on the terms of the `sharing'. Or yes, we had [one] - remember, [the] Olso [Agreements] 30 years ago? Yes, we had [one]. But we have not implemented it at all. That is the problem.
And in the meantime the violence has increased, the figures are appalling, really - not just in the last terrific attack of Hamas against the Israelis and the answer from Israel. It is not just about it - from 2008 [to] 2023 before the 7th of last month, the number of wounded and casualties, it was really too much. 

What has happened? Why have the Oslo Agreement not been implemented? Because the forces of denial in both camps have continued growing under the hubris of some and the desperation of others.

In Israel, the colonisation of the West Bank has been progressing with impunity and violence against the Palestinians - and this has become even more brutal after the 7th of October. Thirty years ago, there were 270,000 settlers in the West Bank. Now there are 700, 000, almost three [or] four times more.

In Palestine, the total lack of perspective and diabolic calculations aiming at favoring extremist forces have led to the marginalisation of moderate forces to the benefit of radical forces [inaudible].

Last year, in the West Bank, there were 154 Palestinians killed and 20 Israelis. This year, to date the number is almost 400, and the barbarism of Hamas' actions against Israeli civilians - which are absolutely unjustifiable and inexcusable - puts us in front of the paradox that, in recent years, we believed that the Israeli-Palestinian problem was to be circumvented, even if the situation on the ground was continuing to deteriorate, because of the Abraham Accords.

This illusion was shared by everyone, not just by us, by the West. [complete bulk$hit]

It was believed by many that the normalisation, the desirable normalisation of relations between the Arab States and Israel, would bring peace between Palestinians and Israelis. [unfit for his key position as the EU top diplomat]

That has not happened. It has not happened.

Even someone like Jack Sullivan said, before the 7th of October, that "the region has never been so calm for decades". Never been so calm for decades.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 08:01:00 PM EST

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