European Parliament: Israeli President calls on MEPs to help build trust in the Middle East
OREANDA-NEWS. “The elected Israeli leadership has been and is in support of two states for two peoples solution”, President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin, told MEPs on Wednesday. However “at this time, a permanent agreement for peace between us and Palestinians cannot be achieved”, he added, calling on EU to help build trust between the parties.
President Rivlin stressed that the political and regional circumstances which would enable Israel and Palestine to reach a permanent agreement “are failing to materialise.” Among other things, a total lack of trust between the leaderships and the people is to blame, he explained.
“Help us step forward” in building trust, investing in joint Israeli-Palestinian ventures, developing the Palestinian economy, and educating people, he asked MEPs, acknowledging the European Parliament’s efforts to bring the two sides together by welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the same plenary session.