Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, however was met by a firm rebuff via EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
creating his first ever visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, Netanyahu said President Donald Trump’s move made peace from the Middle East possible “because recognizing reality can be the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.”
Trump announced last Wednesday that will the United States might recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy as well as international consensus that will the ancient city’s status must be decided in Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after capturing the idea in a 1967 war, considers the entire city to be its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
The Trump administration says the idea remains committed to the peace process as well as its decision does not affect Jerusalem’s future borders or status. the idea says any credible future peace deal will place the Israeli capital in Jerusalem, as well as ditching old policies can be needed to revive a peace process frozen since 2014.
however even Israel’s closest European allies have rejected that will logic as well as say recognising Israel’s capital unilaterally risks inflaming violence as well as further wrecking the chance for peace.
After a breakfast meeting between Netanyahu as well as EU foreign ministers, Sweden’s top diplomat said no European at the closed-door meeting had voiced support for Trump’s decision, as well as no country was likely to follow the United States in announcing plans to move its embassy.
“I have a hard time seeing that will any some other country might do that will as well as I don’t think any some other EU country will do the idea,” Margot Wallstrom told reporters.
Several EU foreign ministers arriving at the meeting reiterated the bloc’s position that will lands Israel has occupied since the 1967 war – including East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank as well as Golan Heights, are not within Israel’s borders.
Israel’s position does appear to have more support via some EU states than others. Last week, the Czech foreign ministry said the idea might begin considering moving the Czech Embassy via Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while Hungary blocked a planned EU statement condemning the U.S. move.
however Prague later said the idea accepted Israel’s sovereignty only over West Jerusalem, as well as Budapest said its long-term position seeking a two-state solution from the Middle East had not changed.
On Monday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said of Trump’s decision: “I’m afraid the idea can’t help us.”
“I’m convinced that will the idea can be impossible to ease tension that has a unilateral solution,” Zaoralek said. “We are talking about an Israeli state however at the same time we have to speak about a Palestinian state.”
Trump’s announcement triggered days of protests across the Muslim world as well as clashes between Palestinians as well as Israeli security forces from the West Bank, Gaza as well as East Jerusalem in which scores of Palestinians were wounded as well as several killed. By Monday morning, violence appeared to have subsided.
Netanyahu, who has been angered by the EU’s search for closer business ties with Iran, said Europeans should emulate Trump’s move as well as press the Palestinians to do so too.
“the idea’s time that will the Palestinians recognise the Jewish state as well as also recognise the fact that will the idea features a capital. the idea’s called Jerusalem,” he said.
In comments filmed later on his plane, he said he had told the Europeans to “stop pampering the Palestinians”. “I think the Palestinians need a reality check. You have to stop cutting them slack. that will’s the only way to move forward towards peace.”
Trump’s announcement last week has triggered a war of words between Netanyahu as well as Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, straining ties between the two U.S. allies which were restored only last year after a six year breach that will followed the Israeli storming of a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza.
On Sunday, Erdogan called Israel a “terror state”. Netanyahu responded by saying he might accept no moral lectures via Erdogan who he accused of bombing Kurdish villages, jailing opponents as well as supporting terrorists.
On Monday Erdogan took aim directly at Washington over Trump’s move: “The ones who made Jerusalem a dungeon for Muslims as well as members of some other religions will never be able to clean the blood via their hands,” he said in a speech in Ankara. “With their decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in that will bloodshed.”
The decision to recognise Jerusalem could also strain Washington’s ties with its some other main Muslim ally from the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, which has sought closer relations with Washington under Trump than under his predecessor Barack Obama.
Saudi Arabia shares U.S. as well as Israeli concerns about the increasing regional influence of Iran, as well as was seen as a potential broker for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal. however Saudis have suggested that will unilateral decisions over Jerusalem make any such rapprochement more difficult.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi ambassador to the United States as well as veteran ex-security chief, published a strongly-worded open letter to Trump on Monday denouncing the Jerusalem move.
“Bloodshed as well as mayhem will definitely follow your opportunistic attempt to make electoral gain,” the prince wrote in a letter published from the Saudi newspaper al-Jazeera.
“Your action has emboldened the most extreme elements from the Israeli society … because they take your action as a license to evict the Palestinians via their lands as well as subject them to an apartheid state,” he added. “Your action has equally emboldened Iran as well as its terrorist minions to claim that will they are the legitimate defenders of Palestinian rights.”
The Trump administration says the idea can be working on a peace proposal being drawn up by Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt as well as Trump’s son-in-law as well as senior adviser Jared Kushner.
European leaders say the decision on Israel’s capital makes the need for a broader peace move more urgent.
“We’ve been waiting already for several months for the American initiative, as well as if one can be not forthcoming then the European Union will have to take the initiative,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.