The European Union’s Swedish presidency said Tuesday that it was ‘premature’ to recognize a Palestinian state, Reuters news agency reported.The comments came a few days after news about Palestinian leadership’s preparations to seek such recognition at the UN Security Council were released.
On Sunday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said they would ‘go to the UN Security Council to ask for recognition of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital and with June 1967 borders.’
‘I don’t think we are there yet,’ Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, told reporters in Brussels.
‘I would hope that we would be in a position to recognize a Palestinian state but there has to be one first, so I think it is somewhat premature,’ he added.
Local observers are concerned about these notions hinting that without Israeli withdrawal from the entire West Bank and the deconstruction of all the Israeli settlements and the wall.
The presence of Israeli settlements and the wall creates a fragmented territory, that is less than 50 percent of original area of the West Bank. This territory will also be totally confined in Israel.
Building a state in such circumstances is not realistic according to political analysts.