Around the same time Vice President Mike Pence was making clear the U.S. Embassy to Israel would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem early in 2019, leaders with the European Union were scurrying to assure “Palestinians” they had a friend in them — that the regional governing body would support the establishment of eastern Jerusalem as a “Palestinian” state.
Federica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief for the European Union, seemed to make the announcement in direct defiance of President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision.
She said it to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in Brussels.
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The European Union’s foreign policy chief assured Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in Brussels on Monday that the EU supported his ambition to establish the capital of a future Palestinian state in eastern Jerusalem.
Abbas in return repeated his call for eastern Jerusalem as capital as he urged EU member nations to recognize a Palestinian state immediately, claiming that this would not disrupt negotiations with Israel on a peace deal.
Federica Mogherini, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, called on those involved in the peace process to speak and act “wisely,” with a sense of responsibility.
Abbas made no reference to Trump’s move on Jerusalem or to comments on the issue made on Monday in Jerusalem by US Vice President Mike Pence.
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