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Europe is Stuck Over the Israel-Hamas War

By Istituto Affari Internazionali

Since the horrific attack launched by Hamas on Israeli citizens on 7 October and the brutal ongoing Israeli military response, European governments and publics have rallied behind two diametrically opposite worldviews: unconditional support for Israel’s right to self-defence versus solidarity with Palestinians massacred by Israel’s military operation in Gaza. Europe should work proactively to chart its way in this inflammatory debate, rather than passively buying into the polarising narratives from Israeli and Arab public debates and allowing these to sow divisions, paralyse action, hamper credibility and poison democracies.

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Authors: Maria Luisa Fantappiè, Head of the Meditteranean, Middle East and Africa Programme at the IAI; and Nathalie Tocci, Director of the IAI

This text has originally been published on the IAI website.

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