Palestinians Turning to EU for Two-State Solution

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Riyad Mansour, Palestine Ambassador to the United Nations. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images/File)

Having rejected the U.S. as the main mediator for peace in the Mideast, Palestinians are now appealing to the European Union to step into the gap.

Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad Mansour told AFP that he urged European officials during recent meetings in Brussels to seize the initiative in the event that the forthcoming U.S. peace plan does not include a Palestinian state.

“We would be extremely happy to show that there is more than one player in the field, trying to determine how we move forward,” Mansour told reporters.

The Palestinians want the EU to call for an international conference to promote the two-state solution, to which the Trump administration has not been committed. They have also invited Russia to take a more active role.

The Trump administration is expected to unveil the long-awaited plan, as early as next month, but, on the basis of previews, the Palestinians have already rejected it as heavily biased in favor of Israel.