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EU wants new round of peace talks for Israel, Palestinians

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

JERUSALEM (AP):

The European Union (EU) is calling for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the wake of Israel’s election last week.

The EU statement on Monday said it would work with the sides “in order to make progress towards a just and lasting peace based on a two-state solution”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won the most seats in last Tuesday’s election.

It is expected to form a new right-wing coalition in the coming weeks, dominated by hardliners who oppose Palestinian independence. During the campaign, Netanyahu talked about annexing West Bank settlements, a step that would likely kill any chance of a two-state solution. There have been no substantive peace talks since Netanyahu took office a decade ago.

The Trump administration has not said whether it supports a two-state solution.