EU Statement Opposing U.S. Embassy Move is Blocked

A sign points the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: Sergey Orlov\TASS via Getty Images

Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania, in coordination with Israel, today blocked a joint EU statement criticizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli officials and European diplomats told me.

Behind the scenes: The initiative to publish the statement was led by France and several other EU member states. Israeli officials say the goal was to present to the U.S. a common position against the move by all 28 member states, and to embarrass and isolate the Trump administration ahead of Monday’s ceremony.

According to European diplomats and Israeli officials, the draft statement circulated in European capitals had three points:

  1. Jerusalem should be the capital of both states — Israel and the future state of Palestine.
  2. The final status of Jerusalem should be negotiated and only determined through negotiations between the parties.
  3. The member states of the EU will not follow the U.S. and will not move their embassies to Jerusalem.

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Note: Austria is also bucking the EU on this issue.


2 responses to “EU Statement Opposing U.S. Embassy Move is Blocked”

  1. Who cares what the EU does? They have been a drag and detriment to our social and economic situations since WWI. Cut the umbilical cord and watch them beg for our money.

  2. Tom says:

    The US needs to build more new refineries then start exporting oil and natural gas to Europe then the tune will change, or goodbye cheap oil and gas. Of course, that is a long range plan, unless the president can move / expedite that.

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