Haaretz Israeli newspaper, on Tuesday, said that European diplomats noted that the summit with Israel, which was due to take place on 28 February, had already been delayed for five years, following the settlement regularization bill which was passed in the Knesset late Monday.
Â The diplomats, who reportedly preferred to remain anonymous due to the matterâ€™s sensitivity, told Haaretz that, during Mondayâ€™s meeting of the EUâ€™s foreign ministers, several states voiced their opposition to holding the summit, dubbed the â€śassociation meeting.â€ť The meeting was meant to mark the tightened cooperation between Israel and the EU and to set out a work plan and priorities for improving relations between the sides.
Among the countries that expressed their reservations regarding the summit were France, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, The Netherlands and Finland, PNN further reports.
Â This morning,Â Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian diplomat, has said that if the EU â€śrewardedâ€ť Israel with a high-level meeting later this month, it would be helping to â€śburyâ€ť the two-state solution.
â€śThe Israeli government shouldnâ€™t be rewarded for its systematic violations of international humanitarian law. Rather, there must be accountability,â€ť he told EU Observer, in an interview.
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