Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Brussels, 28 July 2022

See question(s) : E-002295/2022

Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell i Fontelles on behalf of the European Commission


All agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. This is in line with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 23341, which calls on all UN states to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.

The EU is strictly prohibited, also in the implementation of a non-binding instrument such as the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on 15 June 2022, from acting in a way which would amount to recognize the illegal Israeli occupation. Therefore, the implementation of such Memorandum of Understanding will not apply in any form to the occupied Palestinian territory and its resources, which entails that Israeli supplies of natural gas as per the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding may not originate from resources appropriated from Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.