Statement by Finland on Recent Events in the Middle East
Finland is following with grave concern the escalation of the crisis in Israel and the Palestinian Territory. All violence against civilians is to be strictly condemned.
The escalation of the situation again underscores the urgent need of a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finland’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unchanged. Finland supports a two-state solution achieved through negotiations carried out by the parties in an equal manner. The use of force and violence must be replaced by negotiations.
The State of Israel has the right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. At the same time, International Humanitarian Law must be respected and civilians must be protected.
The untenable situation in Gaza calls for an urgent solution. A sustainable solution is also crucial to the difficult situation in East Jerusalem and the whole West Bank. Israel’s settlement activity is illegal under international law and undermines prospects for a two-state solution.
Leaders are required to show responsibility. At worst, the current acts of violence may create instability in the entire Middle East. Finland welcomes the mediation efforts of regional actors in this difficult situation.
Statement by the High Representative of the EEAS website: Israel/Palestine: Statement by the High Representative on the escalation of confrontations