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Nemeth calls for saving Middle East peace process

Zsolt Nemeth, the head of parliament's foreign affairs committee, on Wednesday called for saving the Middle East peace process and preventing an escalation of violence.
12. October 2023 5:40

Speaking to MTI by phone after a debate on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, Nemeth said this past weekend’s terrorist attack had jeopardised the peace process generated by the Abraham Accords aimed at stabilising the Middle East.

Nemeth said the attacks launched by the Hamas Islamist terrorist group were reminiscent of the actions of the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

“Hamas’s terrorism is so clear that it has become indisputable that it is a terrorist organisation,” Nemeth said, warning that Hamas was not synonymous with the Palestinian people.

The state of Israel has a right to defend itself, Nemeth said, adding that “based on what we have seen, there can be no doubt about the recognition of the full enforcement of the international right to self-defence”.

The priority right now is to cut off Hamas’s financial resources and prevent them from accessing European Union funds even indirectly, Nemeth said.

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