The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday condemned as "frivolous" the European Parliament's resolution passed earlier in the day supporting recognition of a Palestinian state, and said the Europeans had joined the diplomatic struggle against Israel.
, portrayed as a "compromise" by European officials, declared that the parliament "supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced."
The ADL argues that the resolution is no compromise at all because it disregards the refusal of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to end the PA's longstanding campaign of anti-Israel incitement
and its refusal to negotiate in good faith.
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said the resolution "will add legitimacy in Europe to the evasive Palestinian campaign to internationalize the conflict by engaging everyone and anyone but the government of Israel."
The proper European response "would have been to tell the Palestinians to go back to the negotiating table and stop making unrealistic and unreasonable demands," he said, adding that the resolution does nothing to address "the unresolved threat" of a resumption of terrorist attacks on Israel from Gaza.
The European Parliament "has simply thrown its support behind the international diplomatic intifada being waged by President Abbas, whose rhetoric of incitement against Israel in recent weeks amply demonstrates his stubborn unwillingness to seriously engage in sustained negotiations," Foxman
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