Israel’s new deputy FM calls on Norway to pressure Palestinian leaders

Israel’s new Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Jerusalem: Norway’s gov’t must understand there is an Israeli consensus that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the Jewish State.


Newly appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) met with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende on Tuesday.

Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely meets with visiting Norwegian FM Borge Bende, Tuesday – Photo: Noam Sela

Hotovely told Brende, “We expect you to put pressure on the Palestinian leadership to recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people.”

On the future of Jerusalem, Hotovely said, “The Norwegian government has to realize that there is an Israeli consensus regarding the unity of Jerusalem.”

Hotovely called on European nations, including Norway, not to support unilateral steps by the Palestinians.

She also thanked Brende for Norway’s fight against anti-Semitism and for his visit to Israel during Operation Protective Edge last summer.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was set to kick off a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, during which she will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.


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