On the background of the decision of the United States to recognize the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn called for the EU to recognize Palestine as an independent state. This opinion he expressed in a Sunday interview with the German newspaper Tagesspiegel am Sonntag.
“The European Union needs to discuss whether it is time for all countries – EU members to recognize Palestine as a state,” – said Asselborn.
Thus, in his opinion, Brussels could act as a counterweight to Washington and the middle East policy of U.S. President Donald trump.
“We know how difficult it is, especially in Germany and also in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg to individually recognize Palestine. But in the framework of the European initiative would be possible”, – the politician believes.
“The recognition of Palestine the EU would signal that the Palestinians need a homeland, the state, in the same way as the Israelis” – he argued.
“Already, the solution to the problem by creating two States is a totally unstable design. If the Israeli settlement policy and the destruction of Palestinian homes will continue, we just won’t have space for a Palestinian state,” – said the foreign Minister of Luxembourg.
“Failure to abide by international law will lead to the fact that in the middle East additionally, it will be at least 5 million refugees. This may not be in the interests of Israel,” Asselborn concluded.
November 18, U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that Washington, while recognizing “the real situation on the ground,” no longer considers the presence of Jewish settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law. In Israel welcomed the decision. The Palestinian side stated that the US administration is not empowered to cancel the international resolutions concerning the settlements.
As reported, at the end of June 2019, the White house published a document with economic aspects of the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which is informally referred to as the “deal of the century”. It provides, in particular, investment in Palestine and neighbouring countries in the amount of 50 billion dollars.
On June 25-26 in the capital of Bahrain Manama international seminar on the economic aspects of the transaction. The Palestinian authority and several Arab countries boycotted the event, considering this approach inappropriate. Then it became known that the Palestinians stop the implementation of all peace agreements signed with Israel.