Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the European Union, praised U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as his country's capital on Monday and said he expected Europeans to follow suit, wrote euronews.com
Ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Netanyahu said Trump's move, condemned by the Palestinians and by European governments, would contribute to peace in the Middle East. He called on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to accept that Jerusalem was its capital.
"I think what President Trump is put facts squarely on the table. Peace is based on reality," said Netanyahu. "I believe that all, or most, European countries will their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and engage, robustly, with us for security, prosperity and peace," he added.
Moments earlier, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters as she greeted Netanyahu on the first visit to the EU by an Israeli premier in 22 years, that the bloc would continue to recognise the "international consensus" on Jerusalem.
"We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the state of Israel and the state of Palestine along the '67 line, this is our consolidated position and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem," said Mogherini.