Today Italian MEP Fulvio Martusciello presented the following written question to the High-Commissioner regarding last week speeches by Mr. Rivlin and Mr. Abbas in a plenary session of the European Parliament.
An answer will be given in a month's time as this written question was requested to be treated as a matter of urgency.
"Last week in the European Parliament, both the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, addressed the plenary of the European Parliament. While President Rivlin gave a constructive speech regarding the co-existence with the Palestinians, the EU-Israel relations, the peace process and a broad positive message, President Abbas, centred his speech in on criticising the Israelis and accusing them of a genocide against the Palestinian People. Quoting his precise words: "Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced (…) demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians. Isn't that clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people?"; I would like to ask you the following:
1) Is President Abbas a viable partner for the Middle East Peace Process?
2) Does the High Representative intend to criticize this accusation which is against not only Israelis but the Jewish People in general?
3) Mr. Mahmoud Abbas categorically refused to meet with President Rivlin, although the Israeli President was open to the idea of a meeting. Why didn’t the High Representative push for such a meeting between both Presidents as suggested by President Rivlin"