The European Union (EU) has discontinued development aid payments to the Palestinians and is placing 691 million euros ($728 million) of support “under review” after the Hamas assault on Israel.
European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi made this known on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Monday.
He said, “All payments are immediately suspended. All projects are put under review. All new budget proposals, including for 2023 postponed until further notice. Comprehensive assessment of the whole portfolio,”
“The scale of terror and brutality against #Israel and its people are a turning point. There can be no business as usual. As the biggest donor of the Palestinians, the European Commission is putting its full development portfolio under review, worth a total of EUR 691m.”
Varhelyi noted that foundations for peace, tolerance and co-existence must now be addressed.
“Incitement to hatred, violence and glorification of terror have poisoned the minds of too many. We need action and we need it now,” he stated.