Luxembourg is pushing the European states to recognise Palestine in response to the recent US declaration that it no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal under international law.
The report said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn sent a letter to new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and to EU foreign ministers, saying the only way to save the two-state solution was to create “a more equitable situation” between Israel and the Palestinians.
“It is time to start a debate within the European Union on the opportunity of a recognition of the State of Palestine by all its Member States”.
“The recognition of Palestine as a state would neither be a favour, nor a blank check, but a simple recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own state,” he wrote. “In no way would it be directed against Israel”.
“Indeed, if we want to contribute to solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine, we must never lose sight of Israel’s security conditions, as well as of justice and dignity for the Palestinian people,” he wrote.
The move is expected to be discussed during the next EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in January.