Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh urged the United States and Europe to impose sanctions on Israel, characterizing its actions as ‘criminal.’ Shtayyeh asserted that diplomatic measures must move beyond mere rhetoric and take a decisive turn towards sanctions to halt what he referred to as Israel’s crimes.
“The U.S., Europe, and Israel’s sponsors must stop Israel’s crimes since it does not listen to anyone, and they must move on from political pampering to sanctions against this criminal state,” Shtayyeh stated during the meeting, as reported by the WAFA news agency of Palestine.
The Palestinian Prime Minister further advocated for international journalists to be granted access to the Gaza Strip, emphasizing the need for documentation of what he termed as Israel’s crimes. Accusing Israel of attempting to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Shtayyeh emphasized that the legitimacy and strength of Palestinian authorities derive from the people and their commitment to ending the occupation, advocating for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The renewed tensions in the Middle East trace back to October 7 when militants associated with the Gaza Strip-based group Hamas launched an unexpected incursion into Israeli territory. The attack resulted in casualties among Israeli residents near the Gaza border and the abduction of over 200 Israelis, including women, children, and the elderly. Hamas justified its actions as a response to what it perceived as aggressive Israeli actions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In response to the incursion, Israel declared a comprehensive blockade of the Gaza Strip and initiated bombardments in the enclave, extending to areas in Lebanon and Syria. A ground operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip was also launched. Additionally, clashes have erupted in the West Bank, exacerbating an already complex and volatile situation in the region.