EU Resolution Afoot Calling for Yerushalayim as Shared Capital

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French President Emmanuel Macron. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Only three days after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Paris and Brussels where he defended U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital, French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel have joined in a counter-declaration.

They plan to introduce a resolution at the European Union summit on Friday that Yerushalayim should be the shared capital of the Israelis and Palestinians in any future peace settlement, according to Channel 10.

Sources in the Israeli government were quoted as saying on Wednesday that an urgent letter was sent by the Foreign Ministry to its European embassies about the French-Belgian initiative, warning that although the text has not been finalized, it was likely to be strongly-worded and critical of Israel, and might include a demand for Israel to present a peace proposal to the Palestinians.

The Foreign Ministry reportedly instructed Israeli diplomats to lobby at the highest levels to persuade the Europeans to reconsider.