After Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as should have been for years, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas urged the European Union (EU) countries to recognize the ‘State of Palestine’ but failed to garner any substantial support.
In a joint press conference on Monday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Abbas insisted that the only way to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians is through negotiations “under international supervision.” He stressed the importance of the EU’s political involvement in order to ensure that the issues discussed are “justly resolve[d].”
The EU is one of the “most important partners contributing in the establishment of the institutions of the Palestinian state” through economic and financial support, he said.
Last week, in a fiery speech during which he cursed President Donald Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Abbas voiced support for acts of violence against Israel.
According to the Palestinians, ever since President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, the US can no longer serve as a broker in the diplomatic process, and therefore the PA is seeking what it would consider a more favorable international mediator.
The Palestinians said they would “continue complying with the treaties that we signed,” calling on Israel to do the same.
However, the Palestinian Central Council (PCC), a supreme decision-making body, last week announced an escalation of the PA’s diplomatic actions against Israel through the annulment of the Oslo peace accords and withdrawal of its recognition of Israel.
Abbas’ visit in Brussels occurred simultaneously with Vice President Mike Pence’s current trip to the Middle East, which excludes Ramallah. The Palestinians, infuriated by Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, have said they would refuse to meet with Pence.
Now leaving the whiny cry-baby Abbas, on to the good news in Israel!
Vice President Mike Pence’s joint press conference Monday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ticked every box of friendship and closeness that has been rekindled between the two countries ever since President Donald Trump came into office a year ago.
Netanyahu described his personal rapport with the American dignitary, recalling how they met in 2009, when Pence served in the House of Representatives. The Israeli leader said he understood immediately that he was a “true friend” of Israel.
The prime minister once again expressed his gratitude for President Donald Trump’s “historic decision” to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and commended Pence for his “magnificent” speech in the Knesset earlier in the day, describing it as “a powerful expression of the enduring bond between our two countries and of your personal commitment to Israel.”
Pence, noting the president’s message of appreciation for Israel’s “stalwart commitment to freedom,” said that “the events of this day have been deeply humbling to me,” referring again to “Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.” He also expressed “confidence that with President Trump in the White House and with your strong leadership here in Israel, the best days for the United States and our most cherished ally, Israel, are yet to come.”
Netanyahu mentioned the strategic threat posed by Iran as he touched upon the regional challenges that the two leaders had discussed before the press conference. “Such a regime should not have nuclear weapons,” he stated, while praising Trump’s commitment to that goal.