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Israel considers “threatening” the “threatening language” used by Borrell
BRUSSELS, 4 (EUROPE PRESS)
The European Union has criticized on Tuesday the plan of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and has indicated that “it moves away from international parameters”. The EU had previously valued the Washington plan as an “opportunity” to relaunch peace negotiations.
Now the EU points out that the US proposal, “as presented on January 28”, that is, the plan that Trump announced as 'the agreement of the century', “moves away from the agreed international parameters.”
Thus, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has highlighted the commitment of the bloc to a two-state solution, which is negotiated based on the borders defined in 1967 and agreed by Israel and a State of Palestine. ” independent, viable and sovereign. ”
As reported in a statement, the Twenty-seven reiterate that a just and lasting peace and fix the issues that are not resolved must be the result of direct negotiation between the parties. “This includes the issue of borders, the status of Jerusalem and the issue of Palestinian refugees,” he says.
Along these lines, the EU expresses its special concern about the annexationist plans on the Jordan Valley and other areas of the West Bank, which Israel has threatened to occupy, and reiterates that it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territories since 1967. “The steps towards new annexations, if they are taken, they will receive a response, “he warned.
For all these reasons, Borrell asks Israelis and Palestinians to re-engage in dialogue and stop any unilateral action that may exacerbate tensions and go against international law. In addition, it reiterates its intention to contact the two parties, the partners in the region and international partners to launch the peace process.
“The EU will continue to support efforts to revive the political process in line with international laws and ensure the same rights and is acceptable to both parties,” concludes the statement of the head of European diplomacy.
DISCOMFORT IN ISRAEL
Borrell's words have received the almost immediate response from Israel. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Hayat has stressed that the fact that Borrell “chooses to use such threatening language towards Israel, so shortly after taking office and only hours after his meetings in Iran, is unfortunate and, at least, strange. ”
“Maintaining such policies and conduct is the best way to ensure that the EU's role in any process is minimized,” Hayat warned, in messages posted on Twitter.
On the Palestinian side, however, the position defended by the head of European diplomacy has been well received. “The EU declaration is a new setback to the Trump Administration and the 'piracy diplomacy' practiced” by Washington, “which does not respect international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinians, especially their right to build an independent state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital, “said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al Malki, quoted by the WAFA agency.
According to Al Malki, Borrell's statement is “a victory for international legitimacy and justice diplomacy that the United States is trying to replace with the diplomacy of intimidation and threats.”
It also makes it clear that “the EU rejects the policy of consummate facts practiced by Israel and that the future of Jerusalem and the borders should be decided through negotiations, especially since the EU does not recognize or recognize Israel's sovereignty over any part of the occupied territories, “he added.
“We are working with the EU to recognize an independent Palestinian state as the best way to save the peace process and a two-state solution,” said the Palestinian minister.