In the prime minister’s first visit to the city in over 20 years, Benjamin Netanyahu is in Brussels to encourage the European Union to follow the contentious decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The E.U.’s foreign policy head, Federica Mogherini says that the stance on the issue has not changed: the European body made clear it condemns the U.S. decision.
The one outlier is the Czech Republic, who recognized Jerusalem on Dec. 6 along with Washington.
Netanyahu first stopped in France, where he held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr. Netanyahu explained that the city had been the historical capital of Israel for 3,000 years and “never been the capital of any other people”, saying Palestinians needed to “get to grips” with reality of the situation.
Mr. Macron made it clear during a joint-press conference in Paris that France does not give the same recognition as Washington and believes a two state solution is necessary to end the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Benjamin Netanyahu at the European Council from Telegraph.