Israel has the right to protect its population from these kinds of attacks
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Council conclusions on Gaza
3199th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 19 November 2012
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
"1. The European Union expresses grave concern about the situation in
Gaza and Israel and deeply regrets the loss of civilian life on both sides.
All attacks must end immediately as they cause unjustifiable suffering of
innocent civilians. It therefore calls for an urgent de- escalation and
cessation of hostilities. It supports the efforts of Egypt and other actors
to mediate for a rapid ceasefire and welcomes the mission of the United
Nations Secretary General to the region.
2. The European Union strongly condemns the rocket attacks on Israel
from the Gaza Strip which Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza must cease
immediately. There can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of
innocent civilians. Israel has the right to protect its population from
these kinds of attacks; in doing so it must act proportionately and ensure
the protection of civilians at all times. The EU stresses the need for all
sides to fully respect international humanitarian law.
3. An immediate cessation of hostilities is in everyone’s interest,
particularly at a time of instability in the region. The current situation
underlines once more the urgent need to move towards a two-state solution
allowing both sides to live side-by-side in peace and security. The European
Union will continue working with all those with influence in the region to
bring this about.
4. The European Union recalls its position on Gaza as stated in
previous Council Conclusions, in particular those of 14 May 2012."