The European Union has rejectedBenjamin Netanyahu‘s call to recogniseJerusalem as the capitalof Israel, saying the two-state solution remains the only path to resolving the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, met Netanyahu on Monday in Brussels, the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to the European Union in 22 years.
The meeting came less than a week after the United States announced it would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy to the city, a contentious move that has led to widespread condemnationand deadly clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers.
“You know where the European Union stands. We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine along the 1967 line,” Mogherini said during a press conference with Netanyahu.
“This is our consolidated position and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the Holy City is resolved through direct negotiations between the parties,” she said.