Ramallah, ALRAY - British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will both visit the region in late February to push peace talks, al-Quds Newspaper reported Sunday.
Cameron will head to Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on February 19 in Bethlehem, while Merkel will arrive after a week to follow up with the peace process.
Western Diplomatic sources said last month that some European officials will make successive visits to the region to support John Kerry’s efforts, aiming to reach a framework agreement between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.
According to the sources, the officials intended to use the carrot and stick policy” with the two sides. They will threaten Israel of increasing the scope of European boycott and the Palestinian Authority of financial cuts.
EU will grant Palestine and Israel many privileges that are similar to those of the member states with minor exceptions, if they reach an agreement based on Kerry’s efforts.
In recent months, European B.D.S(Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), over Israeli colonial settlements expansion, increased after European companies and investment funds cancelled their investments with Israeli companies involved in Israeli settlement.
Angry reactions sparked in Israel when the European Union banned cooperation with any Israeli government or private entities, involved in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.