EU Foreign Policy Chief Defames Israel With Baseless Claims

On December 11, 2023, European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that “if you compare what happened in the German cities bombed during the Second World War, there are reports that have been published in this regard that indicate that the level of destruction in Gaza is higher.” Borrell’s statement reveals the ahistorical and non-factual basis of criticisms of Israel.

Allied bombing of German cities, such as Hamburg and Dresden, during World War II resulted in much greater, and faster, death and destruction than Israel’s careful and precise operations in Gaza. In just two days in February 1945, for example, allied bombers dropped almost 4,000 bombs on Dresden, killing some 35,000 people, or almost 4 percent of the population. Even stranger, Borrell seems to ignore Ukraine—an ongoing war much closer to his jurisdiction that has resulted in much greater destruction than the one in Gaza.

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