European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has urged Israelis to not be “consumed by rage” over the deadly October 7 attack by Hamas, arguing that one act of violence can not warrant another.
Speaking during his first visit to Israel since the war between Israel and the Palestinian militants broke out last month, Borrell voiced solidarity with the Jewish state, but called on Israeli forces to use restraint in their operation to wipe out Hamas in Gaza.
“I understand your rage, but let me ask you not to be consumed by rage,” he said, adding “Not far from here is Gaza. One horror does not justify another.”
After arriving in Israel on Thursday, Borrell toured Kibbutz Be’eri, where locals were massacred by Hamas during its surprise incursion last month. Israeli officials say the militant group killed 130 residents of the community on October 7.