We Lost Europe :: Israel Official says
Posted December 2, 2012on:
‘We lost Europe,’ says Israeli official
Haaretz says that Germany has backtracked on decision to oppose Palestinian non-member status at the U.N., and will abstain. “We lost Europe,” an Israeli Foreign Ministry official says.
Early Thursday morning, just hours before the vote — scheduled to take place around 11:00 P.M. (Israel time) — Germany changed its mind, deciding to abstain from voting rather than opposing the Palestinian initiative, as Israel had assumed it would.
“The decision wasn’t taken lightly,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said. “Germany shares the goal for a Palestinian state. We have campaigned for this in many ways, but the recent decisive steps towards real statehood can only be the result of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” the German official said.
Ma’an says Israeli peace groups are for the Palestinian bid:
Israeli peace organizations said Wednesday they would hold demonstrations in Tel Aviv to support Palestine’s bid to…
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