Press TV, Brussels
Heated exchanges have taken place in the European Parliament as legislators from across the 27-country bloc discussed the ongoing deadly violence in the Middle East. EU leaders were urged to do more.
It was highlighted how no sanctions are being considered by the EU against Israel over the regime's crimes against humanity. The bloc does not hesitate to apply sanctions elsewhere.
Many lawmakers describe the persecution of Palestinians at the hands of Israel as a campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing. However, just like in the US, there is a strong Israel lobby in the EU. The European Parliament is made up of 705 members.
We have to stand by Israel against terror groups who seek its annihilation. But there appears to be a clear majority who are critical of Israel's actions.
What is going on is nothing else than war crimes. Rights groups, civil society organisations and unions have been adding their voices to the debate. It's been acknowledged that, over the years, this subject has been raised in the European Parliament on countless occasions.
Several lawmakers made the point, there can be no military solution to this crisis. Therefore, they argue, EU nations and the US arming Israel is certainly not the answer.