EU foreign policy chief Mogherini and Prime Minister Netanyahu in joint press conference (Photo: AP)
YNetNews By: AFP
Federica Mogherini stresses that the European Union ‘recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the (Israeli) government’s claims on other areas.’
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated on Tuesday that the EU does not recognize Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights, echoing a similar statement from the US the day before.
“The EU recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the (Israeli) government’s claims on other areas, until a final settlement is reached,” Mogherini said before a meeting in Brussels of international donors in support of the Palestinian economy.
“This is a shared position reaffirmed by the European Union and its member states,” she added.
Israel captured 1,200 sq. km. of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War. Its annexation of the territory in 1981 has never been recognized by the international community, and some 510 sq. km. rest under Syrian control.
In a special government meeting on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Golan “will forever remain in Israel’s hands,” and urged the international community “to recognize finally that the Golan will remain permanently under Israeli sovereignty.”