Tuesday, December 14, 2010

EU Slams Israel

European Leaders Call Israel's Actions Illegal
In a statement approved by 26 ex-high ranking officials of the European Union, Israel is held solely responsible for the failure of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. And Israel's communities and housing in the West Bank and Jerusalem are declared by these august critics as being illegal. This coming after Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay recognize a Palestinian State based on the 1967 pre-war borders.
The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs issued this statement:
"I note with regret that Israel has not been in a position to accept an extension of the moratorium as requested by the US, the EU and the Quartet. The EU position on settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Recent settlement related developments, including in East Jerusalem, contradict the efforts by the international community for successful negotiations.
We must spare no effort to get negotiations back on track on all final status issues. There is no alternative to a negotiated two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am in close contact with the US, in coordination within the Quartet, and working with the parties and partners in the region to continue to work toward the objective of a negotiated peace."

In this and other statements East Jerusalem includes the Temple Mount, the Western Wall.

While this is no surprise this statement and the agreement of other European leaders is part of an aggressive campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy. Calling housing in East Jerusalem or The West Bank "illegal" is not true. Holding Israel solely responsible for talks, when the Palestinian Authority issued a report that Jerusalem has never been Jewish, is the height of hypocrisy.
It is also important to keep in mind that this "policy" statement comes in the shadow of Latin American countries recognizing a Palestinian Statement. The EU did not see the need to denounce this illegal act.

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