Last week, Sweden, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, announced that it will seek to declare east Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state. The Jewish Standard’s editorial page weighs in on the issue in Friday’s issue.
The Jerusalem Post reported today that France and the rest of the EU are not quite as enthusiastic about the idea.
French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot told The Jerusalem Post:
“Let us be clear the text is not an EU text; it is a Swedish proposal looking for agreement by the 27 EU members of the Council of Foreign Affairs next Tuesday.”
“First, it should take into account the positive move of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu regarding the partial freeze on settlement construction. We should welcome such a move even if it does not meet all our expectations. And secondly, we consider that we want to promote the re-launching of the peace process. These should be the two issues that should mainly be dealt within the statement.”
Be sure to read Friday’s Jewish Standard for more on the Swedish proposal.