Jerusalem, 26 March 1999

PM Netanyahu Rejects EU Statement on Palestinians

(Communicated by Prime Minister’s Media Advisor)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday (Thursday), 25.3.99, rejected the European declaration of support for the creation of a Palestinian state, which attempts to dictate the results of the negotiations with the Palestinians. Such a state could form a large military, arm itself without restriction, sign alliances with countries seeking to destroy Israel, and serve as a base for intensified terrorist activity against Israel thereby endangering its existence.

"It is particularly regrettable that Europe, where one-third of the Jewish people perished, has seen fit to try and impose a solution which endangers the State of Israel and runs counter to its interests."