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EU officials fret over Trump Israel policy

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EU officials fret over Trump Israel policy

<p>EU officials are worried about US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.</p> <p>The bloc’s foreign policy chief told Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that the status of Jerusalem must be negotiated through peace process.</p> <p>“The EU supports the resumption of meningful peace process towards the two states solution. We beleive that any action that would undermine this effort must absolutely be avoided. A way must be found through negotiations to resolve tha status of J’lem as the future capital of both states”</p> <p>EU foreign policy observers say the bloc is united on this issue.</p> <p>“I believe that there will be unanimous agreement that this decision does not advance the narrow hopes of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, it is gradually reducing it and creating unnecessary security risks,” said Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe.</p> <p>Pro-Israel organisations hit out at the EU, suggesting that Europe was favouring the Palestinians.</p> <p>“Such a declaration of simply recognising the basic facts in history would not preclude future negotiation over the future status of the disputed part of East Jerusalem. So I very much regret that the EU disagrees with this,” said Daniel Schwammenthal, <span class="caps">AJC</span> Transatlantic Institute.</p> <p>The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to hold talks with EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.</p>