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MEPs back two-state resolution

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Israel and the Palestinians that omits any reference to Hamas, but which advocates of the Jewish state said was more balanced than previous documents endorsed by that institution.

The resolution, titled “Achieving the Two-State Solution in the Middle-East,” passed by the parliament on Thursday in Strasbourg, “condemns all acts of violence, acts of terrorism against Israelis, and incitement to violence which are fundamentally incompatible with advancing a peaceful two-state solution.”

Past resolutions generally avoided identifying culprits and victims, a style that critics complained suggested that both parties might be guilty of such acts.

The resolution also addresses financing by the Palestinian Authority of terrorists imprisoned by Israel, a first for a document of this kind.

The resolution stresses “the responsibility of relevant EU authorities in continuing to ensure that no EU funding can be directly or indirectly diverted to terrorist organisations or activities that incite these acts.”

The resolution also features numerous allegations against Israel and a statement that Jerusalem should be “the capital of both states” – an Israeli and a Palestinian one.

“Settlements are illegal under international law,” reads the resolution, which singles out “in particular the approval by the Knesset on 6 February 2017 of the ‘regularisation law’, which allows retroactive legalisation of settlements built on Palestinian properties without the consent of the legitimate private owners.”

Israel’s establishing of West Bank settlements, including in East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution,“ the resolution reads.

The resolution also suggests Israeli Arabs do not enjoy equal rights in Israel. The text “calls for equal rights for all citizens of Israel.” It also calls on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

 Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

Friday, May 19, 2017
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