Speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during an official visit to the Middle East, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said that “painful concessions” were needed from both sides to reach a solution to the Middle East conflict. His comments sparked anger among pro-settlement Israeli MPs, who walked out of Israel’s Knesset.
Schulz insisted that both Palestinians and Israelis have the right to self-determination and justice. “I firmly believe that a negotiated settlement, the outcome of which is an Israeli State and a Palestinian State living side by side in peace, is realistic. The European Union believes this as well, which is why, once a definitive peace agreement has been signed, we have pledged to provide unprecedented support, in the form of funding and human resources, under a special privileged partnership.” Schulz said.