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Can a divided EU have any meaningful policy on Gaza?

Member states are at odds, some supporting Israel and others opposing its war against Hamas in Gaza.

The Israel-Hamas war has exposed deep division within the European Union on policy towards Israel and Palestine.

The only unity found has been in condemning Hamas and its attacks on October 7 that killed around 1,200 Israelis.

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But there’s been no such unity against Israel’s killing of thousands of Palestinians, most of whom were women and children.

At one end, Germany fully supports Israel – at the other, Belgium wants sanctions.

So, can EU policy on Gaza even be defined, when it’s so divided?

Is it effectively pro-Israel? And is this war changing positions?

Presenter: Nastasya Tay


Grace O’Sullivan – Member of the European Parliament, representing the Green Party in Ireland

Martin Konecny – Founder and Director of the European Middle East Project, an independent organisation specialising in European and international policies on the Israel-Palestine conflict

Suzanne Lynch – Chief Brussels correspondent for Politico and host of the podcast EU Confidential

Published On 27 Nov 202327 Nov 2023