EU’s Borrell mulls ‘leverage’ to impose two-state solution on Israel

Israel’s aversion to a “two-state solution” to the Palestinian controversy should not prevent global powers from developing and even imposing a plan, according to the European Union’s top diplomat. 

“That shouldn’t stop the rest of us from doing it on our own,” European Union High Representative Josep Borrell told reporters after a foreign affairs council meeting on Monday, per an unofficial translation. “And if the international community manages to build a solution, it will have to propose it, and if the proposal is not agreed upon, then, naturally, there is what is called leverage.”

Borrell has emerged as a voluble critic of Israel’s conduct during the war in Gaza, a conflict ignited by Hamas’s rampage across southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israeli officials have vowed to destroy Hamas and free the scores of hostages
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