Demonstrators attend a protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Brussels, Belgium December 11, 2017.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ERIC VIDAL)
BRUSSELS - Some 200 people took to the streets of Brussels on Monday to protest the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The protest was held near the European Union headquarters, where Netanyahu was meeting with the foreign ministers of the bloc's member states.
The demonstrators carried a banner reading ''Israel War Crimes Unwelcome'' and held up signs against the visiting premier.
On Friday, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists demonstrated in Brussels near the US embassy over US President Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and promise to move the American embassy to the city. Similar demonstrations took place on Saturday in Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Lille in France.
Netanyahu's planned meeting with EU President Jean-Claude Juncker was canceled.
Prior to the meeting with the foreign ministers, Netanyahu said that ''it is time for the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state and the capital Jerusalem.'' Netanyahu added that he believes more countries will join the US in relocating their embassies to Jerusalem.
Moments earlier, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters as she greeted Netanyahu on the first visit to the EU by an Israeli premier in 22 years, that the bloc would continue to recognize the "international consensus" on Jerusalem.
“You know where the European Union stands
,” Mogherini said to Netanyahu. “We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the State of Israel and the State of Palestine along the 1967 lines. This is our consolidated position, and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the whole city is resolved in direct negotiations between the parties.”