"The European states must make it clear to the Palestinians that the resumption of negotiations is in the interest of all parties."
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman left on Friday (19 March) for Brussels, where he will hold bilateral meetings with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle of Germany, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen of the Netherlands, Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis of Lithuania, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tonio Borg of Malta.
Foreign Minister Liberman maintains that "The European states must make it clear to the Palestinians that the resumption of negotiations is in the interest of all parties, and the Palestinian attempt to achieve gains outside the negotiation framework by means of pressure on Israel will ultimately harm the Palestinians more than Israel. The government of Israel has expressed its readiness to hold direct talks with the Palestinians since it began its current term, and has taken steps and made significant gestures towards them. Israel will not accede to a policy of extortion as a condition for dialogue."
FM Liberman will also meet with Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship as well as with other members of the European Parliament and senior members of the European Commission.
FM Liberman will also take part in an event with 300 members of Israel Bonds in Europe and will meet with the heads of the Jewish community.
The tenth EU-Israel Association meeting, which was to have taken place on March 23, has been postponed at the request of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton who wished to attend the meeting and could not attend on that date.