Dear friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament,
Yesterday, during our meeting, I introduced a motion for a resolution to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel in the EP. You may find the motion for resolution below.
Members interested to co-sign it are welcomed to do so until 1st March 2018.
Motion for a European Parliament resolution on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel
The European Parliament – having regard to the US decision of 6 December 2017 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, – having regard to the Judeo-Christian roots of European civilization, – having regard to the fact that the State of Israel is the only natural ally of the European civilisation in the Middle East, – having regard to the fact that the European Union in its Common Foreign Policy, takes co-responsibility for the inhuman treatment of Jewish communities and their members during World War II,
1. Recalls that, for at least three thousand years, there have been efforts by some people in the Middle East, to complete the extermination of the Jewish population from the surface of the Earth,
2. Recalls that Jerusalem was the historic seat of the Kings of Israel,
3. Recalls that it is a duty of the European Union to defend the best traditions of European history, including respect for the freedom of others, respect for opinion, pluralism and equality, and fair competition,
4. Recalls that Israel is the only state in the Middle East with a pluralist democratic political structure,
5. Rejects the European Union’s cynical value-free foreign policy,
6. Notes that soulless welfare must not be the sole goal of the Common Foreign Policy,
7. Recalls that ever since 1949, Jerusalem has been the seat of the executive, legislative, and judicial power of the State of Israel,
8. Recalls an act approved by the Knesset in 1980 declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,
9. States that the State of Israel has the right to decide on its capital city,
10. States that the Israeli Government and other constitutional authorities of the State of Israel (including the Knesset since 1949) are based in Jerusalem,
11. States that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in no way interferes with the coexistence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,
12. States that peace talks have shown no progress for a long time and are not conducive to peaceful coexistence,
13. States that Israel is the only state in the Middle East that guarantees religious freedom for Jews, Christians and Muslims,
14. States that Europe is not and cannot remain neutral towards its values without betraying the roots of its own civilization,
15. States that loyalty to our own tradition is not an obstacle to religious tolerance, intercultural dialogue and must not be an obstacle to seeking a peaceful settlement,
16. Calls on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel according to the 1967 demarcation line on behalf of the European Union.
Jiří Payne, MEP