Palestinian Ambassador to Greece Marwan Emile Toubassi protested on Thursday against Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein`s official visit to the country.
”As the State of Palestine`s ambassador,” Toubassi wrote to the speaker of the Greek Parliament, ”I am disappointed to hear that Mr. Yuli Edelstein, the head of the Israeli parliament, was invited to Greece and was given a platform to speak to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Hellenic Parliament.”
”Mr. Edelstein, who arrived in Israel in 1987 as an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, lives in an illegal settlement and is a staunch supporter of building settlements on Palestinian land. He is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.”
Toubassi argued that ”supporting the two-state solution and opposing illegal Israeli settlements are fundamental values, and Mr. Edelstein opposes them. He even supports initiatives such as the `Greater Land of Israel Lobby,` whose members are interested in settling all of the occupied Palestinian territories.”
”It should be noted that Edelstein opposes a two-state solution and opposes peace,” the Palestinian envoy added. ”We are certain that the Hellenic Parliament will take advantage of the opportunity this visit presents and apply the necessary pressure on Israel so that it will comply with the will of the international community and its decisions to end the occupation and the policy of support for the settlements, and support the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as our capital as the only way to advance true peace and stability in the region and in the eastern Mediterranean Basin in general.”
Speaker Edelstein, who received the Pericles Medal (Greece`s highest decoration) during his visit, responded by saying, ”I am a great advocate of cooperation and I do all I can to achieve stability in the region.
”I am disappointed that the Palestinian ambassador, who is supposed to promote stability for the Palestinian Authority, chose to savagely and rudely attack efforts to promote quiet between the two people,” he added.