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  • Updated: October 17, 2023

EU Leaders Seek Unified Response To Israel-Hamas Conflict Amid Mixed Messages

EU Leaders Seek Unified Response To Israel-Hamas Conflict Am

European Union leaders are convening an emergency conference to craft a cohesive message in response to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

In the wake of days filled with conflicting and sometimes contradictory statements, the EU leaders are working to harmonize their stance on the ongoing war, addressing the tensions that have arisen within the bloc due to the divergent messaging.

The conference on Tuesday is of paramount importance as the EU grapples with clarifying its collective position on the escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.

European Council President Charles Michel has emphasized the need to establish a unified course of action that accurately reflects the complexity of the evolving situation.

“It is of utmost importance that the European Council sets our common position and establishes a clear unified course of action that reflects the complexity of the unfolding situation,” European Council President Charles Michel said.

The EU's handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict has faced criticism for certain statements and diplomatic initiatives. Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, faced backlash for appearing to speak on behalf of the entire bloc during her visit to Israel.

Her assertion that Israel has Europe's backing generated controversy. Furthermore, there were criticisms that she did not explicitly state the EU's expectation that Israel would adhere to international humanitarian law in its response to Hamas's October 7 attacks, a position taken by other EU leaders.

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