Occupied Palestine: If we considered Jerusalem the capital of Israel, we would certainly be there, “You know the Portuguese Embassy is in Tel Aviv,” Portuguese Foreign Minister Santos Silva told The Jerusalem Post during his two-day visit.
Portugal would relocate its embassy to Jerusalem only when the city is the capital of both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine, “We welcome the signs that are multiplying that there are conditions to relaunch direct conversations between Palestinians and Israel,” he said.
When he asked whether he considered Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, he said, if we considered Jerusalem the capital of Israel, we would certainly be there, “You know the Portuguese Embassy is in Tel Aviv.”
Asking if he considers the location where he sat, the western part of Jerusalem, was part of Israel, he said, “I think it is a matter of fact.”
Regarding normalization deals with Israel and annexation plans, Silva said, “It was important that the normalization process meant the suspension of the annexation plans.”
“It allowed us to see future conversation and cooperation with Israel in a much more positive way,” Silva added.
He warned from Israel’s backtrack on that pledge, saying the potential of improved Israel-EU ties would be harmed.
“It would be a huge problem for us. It would be an obstacle for deepening the cooperation between the two entities,” he said.
He added, “Normalization was the opposite of annexation.”
Regarding illegal Israeli settlements, Silva stressed that Portugal and the EU oppose all settlement activity and the Israeli practice of demolishing illegal Palestinian structures.
“We have to pursue our Israeli friends not to pursue the demolitions,” Silva said, adding that he was particularly concerned by Israel’s demolition of EU-funded structures for Palestinians.