Bulgaria Rebuffs Israel, Won’t Commit to Voting Against PA State

Bulgaria, usually considered an ally of Israel, rebuffed it on Thursday when it would not commit to voting against the planned unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

AFP reported that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who was widely expected to back Israel, remained noncommittal after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The report quoted Borisov as saying during a joint press conference with Netanyahu, “You will see when the vote comes,” when asked how Bulgaria would vote on the bid for a Palestinian state at the UN’s General Assembly in September.

He added that “there’s still time,” noting the PA had not yet tabled its statehood bid, and would only say Bulgaria was still “conducting final talks within the EU on our position.”

“We have always favored peace talks and understanding,” Borisov was
quoted as saying. “Our categorical stance is that all sides should go
back to the negotiating table to reach the necessary agreements for
establishing peace. This will also be our position in the UN.” >>>

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