In a diplomatic letter sent to the Foreign Ministry and the Knesset , the European Union countries said that they will not take part in the celebrations marking the 40-year anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones has also declined an invitation to participate. Therefore, if the EU decision is upheld, not a single European ambassador, nor the American ambassador are expected to show up for Jerusalem Day festivities at the Knesset on Wednesday. Despite the announcement, however, it is rumored that some EU ambassadors may violate the boycott and take part.
European countries do not recognize Jerusalem’s reunification. As far as they are concerned, east Jerusalem, which was occupied during the Six Day War, is an occupied territory.
Among the EU countries there is a difference of opinion regarding the participation in the Jerusalem Day celebrations. Germany decided to send the letter to the official bodies in Israel, but a number of EU countries are considering violating the boycott and taking part in the celebrations.
The Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors were also invited to take part in the events, and Foreign Ministry officials expressed their concern over the possibility that they would also fail to show up.
Sources in the Foreign Ministry noted that diplomatic moves were taken in a bid to prevent the European boycott. The ministry’s spokesperson said that “Jerusalem is Israel’s united capital. This week we will mark 40 years of reunification. Many guests were invited to take part in the events, including diplomats. We expect them to attend.”