European Union ministers in Luxembourg 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir )
European diplomats are trying to convince the Palestinian Authority to
significantly water down the statehood recognition resolution it’s expected to
bring to the UN in September to ensure consensus EU support, senior diplomatic
officials told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday.
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According to the officials,
the EU is interested in seeing a resolution brought to the General Assembly that
can be supported by all 27 EU member states, and not a resolution that would
split the EU and highlight disunity when the EU is interested in projecting the
perception of a body that has a single, unified foreign policy.
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Europeans are lobbying the Palestinians to bring a “softer” resolution to the UN
General Assembly – if they do intend to go that route – that would recognize the
right of a Palestinian state, one that would live in peace and security
alongside Israel, without outright recognizing that such a state exists
Such a resolution, Israeli officials said, would not differ
significantly from similar resolutions that have been passed by the General
Assembly a number of times in the past.
The Europeans are looking for a
formula that would enable countries like Germany and Italy, which have said they
were opposed to unilateral Palestinian steps in the UN, to vote as a bloc with
countries like Ireland and Portugal, widely expected to support a Palestinian
One senior diplomatic official said that while the
Palestinians were eager to get the Europeans on board, and that getting the
world’s democracies to vote for that resolution – not only the world’s Islamic
and developing countries – would be an achievement, they may not be willing to
water down the proposal to the degree necessary to get the EU to vote for it as
In November 2009 the EU split at the General Assembly over
whether to vote in favor of adopting the Goldstone Commission Report on
Operation Cast Lead, with five EU countries voting for adopting the
resolution, seven voting against the resolution and 15 abstaining.
voting against Israel were Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia, and
those voting with Israel were the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the
Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia.
In the intervening two years, Israel’s
relations with Cyprus and Malta have improved dramatically, largely as a result
of the deterioration in ties with Turkey.