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June 25, 2021

Leading Jewish body welcomes Romania stance on Palestinian plan

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) in a press release welcomed Romania’s announcement that it would not support a unilateral declaration of independence by Palestinian leaders. “With this welcome and courageous announcement, Romania joins Germany, The Netherlands and Italy in the growing bloc of European states opposed to this dangerous campaign by Palestinian leaders to trump negotiations with a unilateral gesture,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said in the release. “The message from Bucharest is loud and clear: there is only one venue for peacemaking, and that is at the negotiating table with Israel,” he added. The move came after a meeting in Bucharest between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Romanian counterpart Emil Boc, in which Boc reiterated that the only solution to the Palestinian-Jewish conflict can be achieved through direct negotiations. “Romania believes in a two-state solution reached through negotiations, not through unilateral Palestinian actions,” Boc said during the meeting. Commenting on the matter, Jerusalem Post reported that the talks in Bucharest are a clear indication that Romania will not vote in favour of a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council in September. There are no guarantees that Romania will vote against the plan, but it could abstain, the publication said, quoting high Israeli government officials. Israel is planning to convince almost 60 countries not to support the Palestinian request.

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