JERUSALEM (AP) — The European Union is calling for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the wake of Israel’s election last week.
The EU statement Monday said it would work with the sides “in order to make progress toward a just and lasting peace based on a two-state solution.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won the most seats in last Tuesday’s election. It is expected to form a new right-wing coalition in the coming weeks dominated by hardliners who oppose Palestinian independence.
During the campaign, Netanyahu talked about annexing West Bank settlements, a step that would likely kill any chance of a two-state solution.
There have been no substantive peace talks since Netanyahu took office a decade ago.