Zsolt Németh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, has called for saving the Middle East peace process and preventing an escalation of violence.
Speaking to MTI on Wednesday, after a debate on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, Németh said this past weekend’s terrorist attack had jeopardized the peace process generated by the Abraham Accords aimed at stabilising the Middle East. Németh 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, Németh 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, Németh said.