Top EU official: “Israel funded Hamas”

Israel-Palestine conflict

Published 24 January 2024
- By Editorial Staff
EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borell.

During a question-and-answer session during a visit to Spain, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell admitted that Israeli officials have funded and strengthened the militant terrorist group Hamas.

– Yes, Hamas has been funded by the Israeli government in an attempt to weaken the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, he said.

It has long been established that Israeli officials helped fund and build the Islamist movement that became Hamas with the aim of dividing and weakening the Palestinian people and leftist and nationalist Palestinian political movements.

Now EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is saying the same thing – that Israel funded and enabled the creation of the militant group it has now vowed to destroy.

– Yes, Hamas was funded by the Israeli government in an attempt to weaken the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, Borrell admitted during a speech at the University of Valladolid in Spain, where he also received an honorary doctorate.

Advocating a two-state solution

The EU leader chose not to elaborate on how he views Israel’s involvement in the creation of Hamas, but added that the only peaceful solution in the region involves the creation of a Palestinian state.

– We only believe that an externally imposed two-state solution would lead to peace, even if Israel insists that this is negative.

The Israeli side, however, does not acknowledge and denies that its rulers have financed or strengthened Hamas or its predecessors.

– Mr. Borrell is wrong. Far from seeking to strengthen Hamas, as the EU foreign policy chief alleged, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit Hamas hard in three large-scale military operations; in 2012, 2014, and 2021, Ophir Falk, the Israeli prime minister’s foreign policy adviser, said in a statement.

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