Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu has said he expects European countries to follow the US in recognizing Jerusalem as his country's capital. Presently, he is in Brussels for talks and this is the visit in 20 years. But the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini says the bloc's stance on the matter is unchanged.

 

Donald Trump's action has left the US isolated on a sensitive issue between Israel and the Palestinians. Arriving in Brussels, Mr Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and Mr Trump had put "facts squarely on the table.” "I believe that all, or most, European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace," he added.

 

President Trump said he will be directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But Ms Mogherini said the EU would recognize the "international consensus" on Jerusalem. She said, "We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both." She also condemned "all attacks on Jews everywhere in the world". Mr Netanyahu met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, who urged him to freeze settlement building and to re-engage with Palestinians.

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