EU turns up the heat on Israel over Jerusalem

Brussels – European Union foreign ministers turned up the heat on Israel on Monday, pushing for Palestinian rights over East Jerusalem despite Israeli protests.

Leaked drafts of the ministers’ joint statement, set for approval on Tuesday, have caused outrage in Israel, where they have been interpreted as a call for the partition of Jerusalem.

‘Palestine, that is Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. That was not decided in Brussels or in Stockholm: it was decided in the UN years and years and years ago,’ Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said as he arrived for talks in Brussels with EU peers.

EU foreign ministers were set to debate the question of the Middle East peace process on Tuesday as part of their year-end review of foreign-policy issues.

With progress in the peace talks stalled, ministers were expected to take an unusually sharp tone with both sides.

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EU turns up the heat on Israel over Jerusalem

Brussels – European Union foreign ministers turned up the heat on Israel on Monday, pushing for Palestinian rights over East Jerusalem despite Israeli protests.

Leaked drafts of the ministers’ joint statement, set for approval on Tuesday, have caused outrage in Israel, where they have been interpreted as a call for the partition of Jerusalem.

‘Palestine, that is Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. That was not decided in Brussels or in Stockholm: it was decided in the UN years and years and years ago,’ Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said as he arrived for talks in Brussels with EU peers.

EU foreign ministers were set to debate the question of the Middle East peace process on Tuesday as part of their year-end review of foreign-policy issues.

With progress in the peace talks stalled, ministers were expected to take an unusually sharp tone with both sides.

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