Europe urged to reject the plan of the American Middle East if it is not right for the Palestinians | News from the world


Former high-level European politicians have condemned the trump Israeli-Palestinian unilateral policy and have invited a letter to Europe to reject any US peace plan in the Middle East, unless it is right for the Palestinians.

The letter, sent to the Guardian, to the EU and to European governments, was signed by 25 former foreign ministers, six former prime ministers and two former generals of NATO secretaries.

"It is time for Europe to support our principles of principle for peace in Israel-Palestine," the letter read, calling for a solution to two states in which Israel and the Palestinian states live side by side.

Europe, he said, should reject any plan that does not create a Palestinian state alongside Israel with Jerusalem as the capital for both countries.

"Unfortunately, the current US administration has moved away from long-standing US policy," he said, criticizing Donald Trump's recognition of 2017 as "only one party's claims in Jerusalem".

Washington had also "shown a worrying indifference to the expansion of Israeli settlements" in the occupied West Bank and reduced hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians, a move that the letter said "gamble with security and the stability of various countries located at the doors of Europe "".

Since his inauguration, and among the praises of the Israeli government, Trump has taken measures both considered punitive for the Palestinians and which also suffocate the vitality of a Palestinian state.

The president of the United States has promised to unveil a "definitive agreement" still secret for Israelis and Palestinians, even if the Palestinian leadership has rejected it in a preventive manner, and the Israeli leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, has categorically excluded a Palestinian state .

The US team in charge of drawing up the plan includes Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who expressed his support for Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories.

Friedman told the pro-Israel pressure group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington last month that Trump was "the biggest Israeli ally to reside in the White House" and now it's time to make a plan while his administration understood that Israel should have permanent military control over the Palestinian territories.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu won the Israeli elections and is expected to grant a fifth mandate to the office forging a coalition government from right-wing and settler parties.

A few days before the elections, the prime minister said that, if he won, he had planned to annex the settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that the Palestinians saw as the end of their hopes for a state as there would be no unbroken land on which to build it.

Asked in an interview on the Israel National News website if his "friends" in the White House knew of the plan, Netanyahu replied, "Sure."

He said: "Three things I told them: first, I'm not ripping any Jew [from the West Bank]; any community. There will be no colonizers or settlements that will be torn. The second point is that we have no intention of dividing Jerusalem. third point is that we will continue to control the entire territory west of the Jordan [river], "he said in reference to the occupied West Bank.

Asked about Netanyahu's plans for annexation, Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said they would not harm the unrevealed peace plan, suggesting that the US proposal did not include the Palestinian state.

"I think the vision we will establish will represent a significant change compared to the model that was used," said Pompeo, who previously said he believed that, as a Christian, it was possible for God to save President Trump from the Jewish people.

The letter from former European officials said that Europe must "be vigilant and act strategically" when Trump presented the new plan. It was sent on Sunday to Federica Mogherini, the top representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, and at the service of European foreign ministers.

Among its signatories were Jean Marc Ayrault, Carl Bildt, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Massimo D & # 39; Alema, Guy Verhofstadt and Dacian Cioloş, former prime ministers of France, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Belgium and Romania.

Also the former secretary general of NATO Willy Claes and Javier Solana and former Irish president Mary Robinson have signed. Two former British foreign secretaries, David Miliband and Jack Straw, have also added their names.

"[We are] convinced that a plan that reduces the Palestinian state to an entity devoid of sovereignty, territorial contiguity and economic profitability would seriously complicate the failure of the previous pacification efforts, will accelerate the disappearance of the two-state option and will fatally damage the cause of lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis alike, "he said.

If this were not possible, the letter said: "Europe must pursue its course of action".



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