No sanctions against Israel despite Gaza assault, EU envoy says

Envoy said EU does not consider any sanctions against Israel although its assault in Gaza has so far claimed lives of nearly 1000 Palestinians, most of them, women and children.

No sanctions against Israel despite Gaza assault, EU envoy says
Envoy said EU does not consider any sanctions against Israel although its assault in Gaza has so far claimed lives of nearly 1000 Palestinians, most of them, women and children.

An EU envoy said on Wednesday the European Union and Israel have put negotiations over upgrading their ties "on hold" due to the war in the Gaza Strip.

Ramiro Cibrian-Uzal, the EU envoy to Israel, speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, did not say how long the "mutually agreed time-out" in negotiations would last, Reuters reported.

"In a war situation, in a situation in which Israel is at war, using its war means in a very dramatic way, in a powerful way in Gaza, everybody realises that it is not the appropriate time to upgrade bilateral relations which normally take place in a more ... peaceful context," Cibrian-Uzal said.

He dismissed any suggestions of sanctions against Israel over aggression in Gaza.

"The European Union has never contemplated, to my knowledge, has never seriously envisaged sanctions."

The EU decided last year to upgrade political and trade ties with Israel despite condemnations and protests by Palestinian officials.

One senior EU diplomat said this week that European leaders would face a public outcry now if they firmed up a tentative plan to meet Israeli leaders at a summit in the coming months.

Agencies
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