Israel has expressed regret over a resolution adopted by the Cyprus House of Representatives on May 18, condemning the Israeli actions in Gaza.
On May 14, violence along the border with Israel resulted in more than 60 Palestinians being killed and over 2,000 injured.
In a response to the adoption of the resolution, the Israeli embassy in Nicosia said that “on the eve of the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, regretfully, the House of Representatives of Cyprus adopted a resolution condemning the Israeli actions in Gaza,” adding that “this parliamentary statement cannot be justified.”
“Israel and Cyprus are close neighbouring countries, sharing the values of true democracy and the rule of law. The two countries, together with other like-minded countries in the region, face threats from extremist forces that promote hatred, violence and terrorism against civilians. We are resolved to defend the vision of Security, Stability and Prosperity, as stated in the Joint declaration of our leaders,” the embassy noted.
Furthermore, it said that “the events of Monday last week, cannot be described as a peaceful protest, but rather violent riots orchestrated by Hamas aiming to storm the fence and breaking into Israeli communities and harming local civilians. In fact, Hamas paid youngsters and even families to storm the fence, which constitutes the border of Israel, using them as human shields. Moreover, Hamas admitted that 50 of the 60 people killed in the event came from its ranks,” the Israeli Embassy noted.
It stressed that “Israel will continue to adhere to its principles regarding the border, and subsequent attempts to break through into Israeli territory will be met with a similar response.”
Furthermore, the embassy said that “for years, Hamas has repeatedly chosen violence over peace, conflict over coexistence with Israel—and has dragged the civilian population of Gaza along with it. The organisation continues to use the aid funds in building offensive capabilities against Israel rather than using those funds to ensure the welfare of Gaza`s population.”
“Israel wants nothing more than to live at peace with all its neighbours and to see the Middle East—including the Gaza Strip—prosper. In order to stop the unnecessary violence, pressure should be exercised on the Palestinians and on the Hamas, as well as the Forces who support this Terrorist group,” it concluded.
The plenary of the House of Representatives unanimously approved last Friday a resolution condemning “the violent acts of the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.” The resolution noted that the use of military force that caused the death of unarmed civilians cannot be justified.
The House also expressed readiness to contribute to peace efforts, within the framework of its competencies for parliamentary diplomacy. The House plenary called on the US government to reverse its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
The resolution further stated the support of the House to international efforts aiming to the resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians, with a view to reaching a peaceful and lasting solution in the Middle East.
It also reaffirmed its support to a two-state solution, the State of Israel and an independent Palestinian State along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, that will coexist peacefully within the agreed and internationally recognized borders, in line with the relevant UN resolutions.
The House expressed concern “over the bloody events caused by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip,” and conveyed its deep sorrow for the dead and the wounded Palestinians – including many children – as a result of the Israeli army’s violent actions.