Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as the Israeli politician arrived in Brussels to put more pressure on EU a week after U.S. president Donald Trump’s statement over Jerusalem. After a brief meeting with Mogherini, Netanyahu breakfasted with senior European Union officials and the foreign ministers of all 28 member states in Brussels.
The EU’s foreign policy chief suggested that the bloc is in “full unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state, adding that the EU’s member states and the EU institutions would not recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before a final status peace agreement.
Speaking alongside Netanyahu, Ms Mogherini said the EU would continue to recognise the “international consensus” on Jerusalem. “I have to say that PM Netanyahu realised, I think, from the ministers themselves that there is full EU unity on this, that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine. The EU and member states will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the holy city is resolved, through direct negotiations between the parties,” added the High Representative.
In Netanyahu’s mind: Palestine is in denial of Jewish history
“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital”, Netanyahu told Mogherini on Monday, suggesting that “this is what led to the conflict, and this is what continues the conflict,” suggesting that the EU and the rest of the world, including Palestinians are in denial. “You see that in the continuous denial, unfortunately, by the Palestinians of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and the denial of Jewish history.”
According to Netanyahu, Trump’s move could “peace a chance”. “I think we should see what is presented and see if we can advance this peace. But if we have to begin it, I would say it is one place: Recognize the Jewish state. It’s always been about the Jewish state. And it’s time the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and also recognize the fact that it has a capital. It’s called Jerusalem.”