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January 19, 2016 10:32 am

EU Foreign Ministers Call for Multilateral Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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European Union headquarters in Brussels. The EU's Foreign Affairs Council issued a resolution calling for a multilateral solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

European Union headquarters in Brussels. The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council issued a resolution calling for a multilateral solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, which is comprised of 28 EU foreign ministers, on Monday issued a resolution calling for a multilateral solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Recalling the “spirit” of the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, the European ministers called for “the establishment of an International Support Group and a further international conference are both possible ways to contribute.”

The resolution, however, also criticized Israeli policy in Judea and Samaria. Calling Israeli settlements an “obstacle to peace,” the EU said it “reiterates its strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions, and confiscation — including of EU-funded projects — evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts, and restrictions of movement and access.”

Despite the tough language, much of the text was similar to previous EU resolutions on the subject and was apparently a toned-down version of previous draft resolutions, which had called for a “distinction” to be made between Israel and territory located beyond the 1967 lines.

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Greece, the Czech Republic, and Hungary were instrumental in toning down the tougher language on Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the language was softened thanks to “diplomatic and political efforts by Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and the Foreign Ministry,” but still criticized the EU for holding Israel to a “double standard” that prevents the Jewish state from being an “honest broker” in negotiations.

The EU “continues to employ a double standard with Israel, while ignoring the PA’s (Palestinian Authority) responsibility for the diplomatic stalemate as well as its incitement, which is feeding the wave of terrorism,” said the ministry.

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  • A Sander

    EU pundits dont understand the mentality of the Arabs. The PA have had 3 offers of peace and an independent state of their, even though there is no basis for it. Palestine and Palestinians was created in 1964 by Yasser Arafat (an Egyptian) to champion displaced Arabs which the other Arab states did not want. Each time an offer was made it was refused, they want all of Israel not part of it. The EU states the settlements are an obstacle to the peace process. The real obstacle is the Arabs themselves who continue to stab an kill Israeli citizens supported and incitement by vile rhetoric by Abbas himself. Why should Israel have to give all the concessions and the PA none. Israel is a sovereign state protecting itself from hostile nations and the constant threat of terrorist attacks. What EU country would allow the same thing to happen on their territory? Until the EU forget Israel is a free democratic country and not Jews peace , sadly, will never succeed.

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