BRUSSELS (EJP)---A pro-Israel advocacy group in Brussels welcomed the fact that in the text of the resolution on the Middle East Peace Process voted Thursday in the European Parliament ‘’the issue of terrorist acts and Palestinian incitement to violence took precedence for the first time in an official parliamentarian position to the issue of settlements.’’
In the resolution, which was the result of negotiations and a compromise between the five main political groups, the European Parliament condemned ‘’all acts of violence, acts of terrorism against Israelis, and incitement to violence which are fundamentally incompatible with advancing a peaceful two-state solution.’’
The parliament noted that ‘’all parties should act effectively against violence, terrorism, hate speech and incitement, as this is critical to rebuilding confidence and to avoiding escalation that will further undermine the prospects for peace.’’
MEPs also called on the Palestinian Authority forces ''to fully and timely implement effective operations to counteract the militant group’s activitiers, such as firing rockets towards Israel and stressed the ‘’imperative need to prevent the arming of terrorist groups and their smuggling of weapons, manufacturing of rockets and building of tunnels.’'
For Europe Israel Public Affairs (EIPA), ‘’this time there was a discernible move away from the standard Israel bashing position towards a more mediator conscious European Parliament role in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.’’
The advocacy group’s head of institutional Relations, Teodora Coptil said in statement: “The move, following efforts of various pro-Israel advocacy groups among which EIPA, signals a more thorough understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is in line with the Quartet report.’’
Coptil added that the line that “No EU funding can be directly or indirectly diverted to terrorist organisations or activities that incite these acts”, marked a step forward in efforts to make the PA leadership accountable for hate speech and incitement in the future,, which represents a fundamental plank of EIPA’s strategy.
“Such measures, including conditioning EU aid on a rejection of violence would be in perfect alignment with the current European Parliament’s “call for effective use of existing European Union leverage and instruments towards both parties in order to facilitate peace efforts”, she said.