Five European countries at the United Nations criticize the US decision not to consider Israeli settlements as opposed to international law, and Luxembourg calls on the European Union to recognize the State of Palestine in response to the US.
Five European countries at the United Nations criticized the US decision not to consider Israeli settlements as opposed to international law, but they did not directly mention Washington.
In a joint statement, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Poland said that “our position on Israeli settlement policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, is clear and unchanged.”
“All settlement activity is illegal under international law
and also undermines the viability of a two-state solution and the prospect of lasting peace,”
It also called before the Security Council meeting on the Middle East “Israel to stop all settlement activities.”
Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, called on the European Union to recognize the state of Palestine,
in response to the United States’ recognition of the “legitimacy of Israeli settlements” in the occupied West Bank.
“The recognition of Palestine as a state is neither known nor an open mandate,
but rather a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own state,” Luxembourg’s foreign minister told Reuters.
The European Parliament passed legislation in 2014 in favor of the establishment of a Palestinian state in principle,
a move reached after leftist lawmakers sought to urge the 28 EU states to recognize Palestine unconditionally.
More than 135 countries recognize the State of Palestine, including Russia, China and a number of Eastern European and Arab and Muslim countries.
The US Secretary of State announced Monday that Israeli settlements are not “in themselves inconsistent with international law”,
despite Security Council resolutions that consider the settlements illegal to built on occupied Palestinian land.
This shift places the United States in a confrontation with the entire international community.
He criticized by the European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League.
The Arab League said in a statement that it scheduled to hold an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Monday in Cairo to discuss the US position.
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