BY GIL RONEN / ARUTZ SHEVA
30/09. The European Union (EU) has resorted to making vague threats against
Israel’s Prime Minister-designate, Binyamin Netanyahu, to pressure him to
support the “the two-state solution,” which calls for the creation of an
Arab state of Palestine inside the current borders of the Jewish State.
EU members spoke on the subject after
a weekend session of EU foreign ministers that was held at the Hluboka
castle in the Czech Republic – which is the EU’s current rotating president.
Czech Foreign Minister Karel
Swarzenberg was asked whether a failure to reach a two-state agreement
between Israel and the PA would hurt the EU’s relations with Israel, and
answered: “The relations would certainly become problematic. We shall
discuss the repercussions of this matter in one of our next meetings,” he
German Foreign Minister Franz-Walter
Steinmeier said that “we Europeans insist that, regardless of the
governments on both sides, the two-state solution must top the agenda.”
Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean
Asselborn said that the upgrading of trade relations between the EU and
Israel depends on the conclusion of a peace deal between Israel and the
Some of the EU foreign ministers seem
to be drawing encouragement from U.S. President Barack Obama’s statements on
the subject this week. Obama's commitment to the Middle East “peace process”
early in his term means "there is real hope for progress in the region,"
This is the second time in less than a
month that the EU has threatened Israel with dire consequences if it does
not agree to the “two-state” solution. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana
warned that the EU would “reevaluate its ties with Israel” if the new
government does not continue down the road to the creation of a state of
"Let me say very clearly that the way
the European Union will relate to an Israeli government that is not
committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different," he said
earlier this month.