(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Advisor)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met today (12 May 2004) with 25 ambassadors of the European Union serving in Israel.
Minister Shalom advised the Europeans against getting involved right now in the controversy over the issue of a permanent peace agreement, while hinting that Europe is biased vis-à-vis the conflict. "Europe can contribute," Minister Shalom stated, "by helping the sides enter into dialogue that may advance the political process."
Minister Shalom said further that "it is Europe’s clear moral duty to stop terrorism," and called upon the ambassadors to take the necessary legal steps to include both the Hamas and Hizbullah in their lists of terrorist organizations.
Minister Shalom also urged the ambassadors to continue to promote normalization between Israel and the Arab states.