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Netanyahu under pressure in Europe

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Emmanuel Macron in Paris, 10 December 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Israel's prime minister is facing increased pressure from Europe to restart the Middle East's peace process following widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Brussels for an informal breakfast with EU foreign ministers who will urge him to "resume meaningful negotiations", according to the bloc's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

The talks come after French President Emmanuel Macron met Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday and called on him to freeze settlement building and to re-engage with Palestinians following widespread protests over the US move.

RFI correspondent Irris Makler in Jerusalem says Netanyahu is at loggerheads with Europe.

"It's going to be a problem for him in Brussels. European leaders are going to try to pressure Donald trump to revise his position on Jerusalem."

Last week's decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump upended decades of US diplomacy and broke with international consensus.

Speaking alongside Netanyahu on Sunday, Macron again condemned the decision as "contrary to international law and dangerous for the peace process".

"I urged the prime minister to show courage in his dealings with the Palestinians to get us out of the current dead end," Macron said after talks in Paris with the Israeli leader.