The European Union on Thursday said it was concerned about a new Israeli law formally asserting the Jewish character of the state, and said it would complicate a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
“We are concerned, we have expressed this concern and we will continue to engage with Israeli authorities in this context,” a spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told a news briefing.
“We’ve been very clear when it comes to the two-state solution, we believe it is the only way forward and any step that would further complicate or prevent this solution of becoming a reality should be avoided,” she said.
The law stipulates that “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it.”
It also downgrades Arabic from an official language alongside Hebrew, to a “special status” that enables its continued use within Israeli institutions.
Later in the day, Turkey joined in, accusing Israel of trying to form “an apartheid state.”
A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community “to react to this injustice happening in front of the entire world’s eyes.”