Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom said to the foreign ministers of the EU, "Your one-sided position favoring the Palestinians will impact negatively on your participation in the diplomatic process. Israel and the Palestinians need Europe’s involvement in moving the process forward, but as ‘honest brokers’ and not as unreserved supporters of the Palestinians."
Minister Shalom called on Europe to promote relations with Israel among Arab states including Libya, Algeria, Tunis, Syria and Lebanon. He also said that the Arab delegates attending the Dublin conference talk about Israel, but not with Israel. Foreign Minister Shalom urged the Europeans to take an unequivocal stand against Palestinian terror.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom also met with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Maher. He stated after the meeting that Egypt must continue to play a central role in the promotion of the peace process. Furthermore, Egypt is in a key position to convince the PA to fight terrorism and to institute administrative reforms.
Foreign Minister Maher told Mr. Shalom that it is important to move forward and to renew negotiations, despite the difficulties, and that Egypt is prepared to help in this endeavor.