Netanyahu urges the European Union to support official recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Dec 11, 2017 World 9 2278 By Jason Ade
- Netanyahu urges the European Union to support official recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital.
- Describes the UN's rejection of the move by the U.S. as laughable.
- Some EU Member states like Czech Republic are already in support of the move.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has made a strong call to the European Union, urging its members to officially
recognise Jerusalem as its capital city just as the U.S. recently did.
Netanyahu made this call as he embarked on a visit to Brussels where he is scheduled to meet with EU leaders later on Monday.
"Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for the last 70 years. [US] President [Donald] Trump has put facts squarely on the table," he said. "Peace is based on reality, peace is based on recognising the reality."
He claimed that recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was making "peace possible", despite the fact that Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
"Israel has extended its hand to peace to our Palestinian neighbours for a hundred years, well before there was a state of Israel and after it was established," he also said.
He also called UN's rejection of Jerusalem as an Israeli capital "laughable".
"There is now an effort under way to bring forward a new peace proposal by the American administration. I think we should give peace a chance," he said.