Middle East politics

EU divided on unilateral Palestinian independence

Der Spiegel reported on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who invited PA President Mahmoud Abbas to Berlin next month, will urge him not to seek unilateral recognition. France’s ambassador to the UN said during a Security Council debate on the Middle East that “recognition of the state of Palestine is one of the options which France is considering, with its European partners, with a view to creating a political horizon for relaunching the peace process.”A British spokesman was quoted by AFP regarding that meeting as saying that “nothing is off the table with regard to recognition in September.”

The US has made clear that it is opposed to such a move.

It is not known whether the EU will take a unified position on this matter. In the past, for instance when the General Assembly voted to adopt the Goldstone Commission report in 2009, some of the 27 EU countries – the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia – voted for Israel against the report; some abstained; and some – Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia – voted against Israel.

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

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