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Title: ISRAEL WILL TAKE A WAIT AND SEE APPROACH WITH

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/14/2018 
TAGS: REL UN UNMIK PGOV YI EU
SUBJECT: ISRAEL WILL TAKE A WAIT AND SEE APPROACH WITH 
KOSOVO 
 
REF: A. STATE 1087 
 
     ¶B. TEL AVIV 167 
     ¶C. STATE 13716 
     ¶D. STATE 15111 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno, reason 1.4 (b) and 
(d) 
 
¶1. (SBU) On February 14, PolOff delivered demarche (ref C) to 
Zvi Rav-Ner, Director of the MFA Central Europe Department. 
Rav-Ner explained that the GOI had decided not to be in the 
first wave of recognition, but would instead follow the 
situation closely and decide what actions to take as 
appropriate. 
 
¶2.  (C) He said Israel was well aware of the position of the 
U.S. and key European countries regarding quick recognition, 
and he pointed out that Israel has maintained strong ties 
with Kosovo, meeting with its leaders and providing 
substantial aid during the crisis in Kosovo in 1999.  He also 
underlined that Israel recognizes the advantage of adding a 
moderate Muslim state to the international community. 
 
¶3.  (C) However, Rav-Ner said, Israel also has good ties with 
Serbia, diplomatically and economically, which it has 
maintained for some time.  The Serbs frequently tell Israel 
that "Kosovo is Serbia's Jerusalem."  While Rav-Ner admitted 
that this analogy is deeply flawed, he pointed out that the 
GOI, in principle, is "against enforcing imposed solutions 
developed from the outside." 
 
¶4.  (C) In a conversation with PolOff on February 6, Deputy 
Director of the UN Political Affairs Department Gershon Kedar 
(protect) said that the Foreign Minister of Russia had 
pressed FM Livni directly on this issue.  He said Livni 
assured the Russian FM that Israel would not be in the first 
wave of countries recognizing Kosovo, but may recognize 
Kosovo after that, depending on the situation.  Hillel 
Newman, FM Livni's principle foreign policy advisor for 
Europe, also told PolOff on February 14 that the Foreign 
Minister has been very firm in this position in meetings with 
the Foreign Minister of Serbia and the Prime Minister of 
Albania. 
 
¶5.  (C) COMMENT: While Serbia's attempts to compare Kosovo 
with Jerusalem are not likely to gain traction with Israel, 
it is true that Israel does not like the idea of the 
international community pushing a solution that has not been 
agreed to by both parties-- especially one that originated 
with the UN.  Russia has engaged directly with FM Livni on 
this issue, so our demarche may require follow-up from the 
Department.  END COMMENT. 
 
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