Saturday, 29 October 2011
Finnish Foreign Minister says Israeli occupation is 'apartheid'
When will Europe change and finally get rid of this type of politician and opt for a younger generation of less Israel-hating leaders? There are around 1500 Jews living in Finland today.
HELSINKI (AFP)---Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories is tantamount to apartheid, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja [this guy is 65] said Wednesday, warning time was running out for a two-state solution.
"If you are occupying areas inhabited by... Palestinians who do not have the same rights as the Israelis in Israel, that is apartheid and that is not sustainable," he told reporters.
"I think that the majority in Israel has also realized this but they have been unable to provide a leadership that (can) move forward on the two-state solution," he added.
Tuomioja also warned that time was "running out for the two-state solution."
"There is growing frustration among the Palestinians that a two-state solution is not going to come," he said, adding: "the outlook is not very positive."