E.U. Mideast document worries Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An internal European Union document outlining strategy for Middle East peace negotiations has worried Israeli officials, according to reports.

The plan would pressure Israel to reopen Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem and make Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish and a Palestinian state, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Monday. It also would require that large portions of the West Bank, not just major population centers, be relinquished to the Palestinians before a final agreement is signed.

The strategy was authored by the French foreign minister, who is currently the president of the European Union’s rotating presidency. It is scheduled to be discussed next week at a meeting of E.U. foreign ministers.

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