In a momentous development, the Slovenian National Assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a declaration addressing the fraught situation in Palestine and Israel. The declaration, which received 49 votes in favor and none against, with 22 abstentions, outlines a stance of commitment to peace and justice for both parties involved in the long-standing conflict. Notably, the abstentions were due to the rejection of an amendment proposed by the opposition SDS party, which sought an examination of aid to Palestinians and a ban on support for Hamas and Hezbollah.
A Commitment to Peace
The declaration underscores an immediate cessation of hostilities in the region and endorses a two-state solution based on 1967 borders. This solution envisions two sovereign democratic states co-existing peacefully. Dušan Stojanovič of the Freedom Party, providing historical context, highlighted a recent escalation on October 7th due to rocket attacks and incursions by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory. This led to a tragic loss of life, with 1,200 deaths, mostly civilian.
Gaza: A Graveyard for Children
Furthermore, Israel's forceful counter-attacks on Gaza, which temporarily ceased last week following a ceasefire agreement, have resulted in devastating human loss. Stojanovič described Gaza as a graveyard for children, with nearly 15,000 people killed in less than a month, including over 6,000 children. The declaration, therefore, is seen as a humanitarian necessity.
Call for Recognition of Palestine
Stojanovič also urged consideration of recognizing an independent Palestine. State Secretary Marko Štucin and representatives from other parties discussed their positions, with some condemning Israel's actions as crimes against humanity and calling for the recognition of Palestine. The opposition SDS proposed stopping financial support to Palestinian authorities and ensuring that Slovenian funding does not indirectly support terrorist organizations, while also suggesting measures to prevent the spread of anti-Semitism.