The Council of the European Union on Monday released a statement in which it both reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself and demanded an end to all hostilities between Israel and Gaza.
Expressing its "grave concern" over the situation, the EU called for an "urgent deescalation and cessation of hostilities" between the two sides. The Union said it "strongly condemns" Hamas rocket attacks on Israel, adding that there is
"no justification for the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians."
"Israel has the right to protect its population from these kinds of attacks," it continued, urging Israel to "act proportionately and ensure the protection of civilians at all times."