Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged members of the European Union (EU) at Brussels, Belgium, on Monday to join President Donald Trump in his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
He implored the Western nations to follow suit with the United States in the immediate wake of the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people, [and for 70 years] it has been the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu reminded those in the EU during his visit, according to TheBlaze. “I think what President Trump has done is put facts squarely on the table.”
Trump’s recent move has drawn condemnation from the anti-Semitic Arab world and spurred Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to try to restore its ties this weekend with Saudi Arabia – on condition that it sever its alleged partnership with Israel.
“In a speech broadcast Sunday, Rouhani said the regional rivals could have ‘good relations’ if the Saudis end their ‘false friendship’ with Israel,” an Associated Press report announced in the Times of Israel. “Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, but the two countries have a shared interest in countering Iran.”
Restoring the Middle East in historical truth
Countering popular anti-Israel sentiments, Netanyahu argued that recognizing Israel – and Jerusalem as its capital – brings the Middle East closer to peace and sets the stage for stability in the region.
“No one can deny it,” the prime minister continued. “It doesn’t obviate peace – it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality is the substance of peace … the foundation of peace. I think we should give peace a chance: Recognize the Jewish State.”
He followed up with a prediction that before long, many countries across Europe will recognize the significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish State and move their embassies to the biblical holy city.
However, Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallstrom did not share Netanyahu’s optimism over the matter following his meeting with EU foreign ministers, as she expressed her skepticism about European nations following suit with the U.S. in relocating their embassies to Jerusalem.
“I have a hard time seeing that any other country would do that, and I don’t think any other EU country will do it,” Wallstrom impressed, according to TheBlaze.
A bastion against Islamic terrorism
During his first visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, Netanyahu also addressed the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Israel has extended its hand to peace to our Palestinian neighbors for 100 years,” the Israeli leader pointed out. “We were being attacked constantly. You see that in the continuous denial by the Palestinians of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State and the denial of our history.”
He also reminded Europe of its debt to Israel as its ally against Islamic terrorism.
“[Israeli intelligence has] prevented dozens of terrorist attacks – many of them on European soil – and countless lives have been saved as a result of this cooperation,” Netanyahu reminded the European leaders in attendance.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini called the gathering a historic meeting, but maintained that the EU’s stance was to push forward with a so-called two-state solution in the Powder Keg of the Middle East.
“The only realistic solution to the conflicts between Israel and Palestine is based on two states – with Jerusalem as the capital of both,” Mogherini insisted, according to TheBlaze. “This is our conciliated position, and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem.”
Addressing the French and Turks
Netanyahu also visited Paris, France, on Sunday, where he urged French President Emmanuel Macron to recognize the obvious status of Jerusalem as Israel’s long-established capital.
“Paris is the capital of France, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu told Macron, according to The Independent. “It has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years – and the capital of the Jewish state for 70 years.”
He implored the French president to abandon his left-leaning, politically correct pro-Palestinian foreign policy and embrace truth, reason and real history when it comes to affairs in the Middle East.
“We respect your history and choices, and we know that France will respect ours,” Netanyahu assured, as reported in the U.K. daily. “I think this is essential for peace. What peace requires is to be built on a foundation of truth – on the facts of the past and the present. This is the only way you can be realistic and build a successful future.”
The Jewish leader also took the opportunity to address remarks made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, when he tried to label Israel as an “invader state” and called the Middle Eastern nation a “terror state.”
“I‘m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists – including in Gaza – kill innocent people,” Netanyahu insisted, according to Reuters.