Israel Resists EU Calls To Recognize Palestine As Independent State
By Dolores M. Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST
Israel said that it will not adhere to calls from the European Union to recognize Palestine as an independent state after remarks this weekend from EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, that Israel should have a deadline by which it will finally accept Palestine as its own, free, sovereign state.
“After a fixed deadline, a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution,” said Solana, the top diplomat in the EU. “This should include all the parameters of borders, refugees, Jerusalem and security arrangements,” he said.
But Monday morning, Israel’s government rejected Solana’s proposition and stated that imposing such a deadline is not going to be way to secure peace in the region.
“A peace agreement can come only following direct negotiations and cannot be imposed,” Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said over the radio.
Analysts have said that if Israel recognizes Palestine as an independent state before the United Nations, the often violent conflict that has lasted more than four decades between the two, would finally end.
Solana’s call comes at a time when peace talks between Israel and Palestine have pretty much come to a halt after a brief armed conflict in December and January. The United States has also being applying pressure on Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.