EU can recognize Palestinian state if Israel West Bank: Luxembourg
The EU’s recognition of Palestine as a state will become “unavoidable” if Israel moves to cancel its controversial plan Western coastLuxembourg Foreign Minister has said.
Speaking to the German weekly Der Spiegel, Jean Esselborn called for the European Union’s strict stance against plans to annex key parts of the Israeli government Western coast.
Slated insistence on starting if Israel did not initiate its plan, suggesting stronger measures such as economic sanctions or recognition of Israel as a state. 1 July.
“Recognition of Palestine.” This debate will gain a new dynamic, I will also consider it inevitable, ”said Esselborn, adding that such a decision would not require a unanimous decision by all 27 member states.
So far nine European Union member states, including Sweden, Hungary and Poland, have recognized the state of Palestine.
“If others were to comply, it would achieve much more than economic sanctions,” he emphasized,
Luxembourg’s top diplomat underlined that Israel plans to cancel the plan Western coast Russia’s move to illegally occupy the Crimea Peninsula is no different, and requires the EU to take a stronger stance.
“I don’t see any difference at all. An attachment is an attachment. This is a gross violation of international law.
Essebourne underscored that the UN Security Council has also taken a clear position, and has declared Israeli settlements illegal in several resolutions.
“In the Middle East, which is strongly shaped by religion, one can also say that an attachment violates the seventh of the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not steal. A description of parts of Western coast That’s all: stealing, “he said.
Buoyed by US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century”, Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last month that his government would formally announce the Jordan Valley and all settlement blocks. Western coast.
Western coastIncluding East Jerusalem, is seen as an area occupied under international law, thus outlawing all Jewish settlements there – as well as the planned Annex.
Palestinian officials have threatened to end bilateral agreements with Israel if it goes ahead with the Annex, which would advance a two-state solution.