The EU has reiterated its commitment to a two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, and criticised Israel’s settlement policies, which are illegal under international law. On 18 January, the EU unanimously adopted a resolution asserting that deals and agreements with Israel can only apply to its pre-1967 internationally recognised borders.
Despite fierce opposition from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who aggressively lobbied Hungary, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Greece to halt the resolution from being adopted, the EU foreign affairs council ultimately reached an agreement. France, Sweden and Ireland reportedly pushed the hardest for the resolution, while Greece is understood to have been the last country to give way to diplomatic pressure.
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