The immediate ceasefire in Gauze and the return of all the hostages must be requested in a very clear way by Europe, emphasized from the floor of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe the Alexis Tsipras.

In his statement he stated, among other things: “I’m afraid that with regard to Middle East, Europe is not on the “right side of history”. We talk, here, every day about human rights and international law in Europe, but a few kilometers from our borders, in Palestine, 33,000 people have been killed by Israeli military operations, 70% of whom – says Mr. Borel – are innocent citizens, civilians”.

Mr. Tsipras unequivocally condemned its terrorist attacks October 7 by Hamas but also the Iranian attacks and Iran’s support for Hamas while pointing out that if Israel chooses to respond militarily, as it did in Damascus, the escalation is a given and millions of people will be at risk.

He further noted: “We must – in a very clear way – state that there must be an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza with the return of all hostages. We must stand clearly against any military escalation. We must support the end of the occupation and resumption of credible talks for a two-state solution. Based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, living in peace with Israel.”

Referring to her overall attitude Europe Alexis Tsipras called on the EU to take a stand and promote a peace conference, which should include the prospect of recognizing a Palestinian state on the basis of the solution, with international guarantees for Israel as well.

Mr. Tsipras did not leave the German government’s ban on the event at which he was a speaker and Yanis Varoufakis: “If we continue to play with words or obstruct free dialogue about the Middle East, as we have seen in Germany, then we are sending a message to the whole world that European values ​​are nothing more than hypocrisy. We are sending the message that the rules are based on double standards. The truth is one. Either European values ​​apply everywhere, or they are not values,” said Alexis Tsipras.