The European Commission President Donald Tusk met with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin today in Brussels. “We share many values and cooperate closely across many areas. Together we have built the most highly developed relationship that the European Union enjoys in the region,” said Tusk following the meeting.
The two presidents talked about ways to strengthen further the EU-Israel relationship, including the new European Neighbourhood Policy. “We agreed that the European Union and Israel will identify jointly partnership priorities to give even greater focus to our cooperation”, said President Tusk.
They also discussed terrorism and deepening security cooperation including by re-launching dialogue in this area later this year, as well as ways to prevent further instability in the neighbourhood region.
On the Middle East Peace process, President Tusk said: “We will continue to work with both sides and coordinate with partners in the Middle East Quartet to support the two-state solution. The European Union is ready to back up a peace deal with an unprecedented package of cooperation and support to both Israel and the future state of Palestine.”
He also welcomed the “temporary freeze in demolitions of Palestinian property announced by Israel for the month of Ramadan. We hope this freeze can become a basis for a more permanent solution, such as a full moratorium on demolitions and confiscations in Area C of the West Bank.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)