Tag Archive for E-1

EU: Our agreements with Israel only apply to products limited to pre-’67 lines

EU foreign ministers dismayed at E-1 construction plans, say it would “seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution”

PM: On building houses in our capital, the EU is the first to protest. Where was the world’s censure when Hamas called for Israel’s destruction?


European Union foreign ministers strongly stated that all of the body’s agreements with Israel only applied to the pre-1967 lines, as they spoke out on Monday against Israeli settlement plans including the development of E1.

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg - Photo: REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg – Photo: REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

A diplomatic source told The Jerusalem Post that he feared some of the language in the council statement was placed there to lay the groundwork for labeling and possibly banning settlement products in the future.

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EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Israel’s E-1 plans

European Union heads discuss Israel’s construction plans for Ma’aleh Adumim and feel the ‘urgent need’ to restart regional peace process.

Associated Press


The European Union will look at ways on Monday to press Israel to ditch a plan to build settlements in a highly sensitive area of the West Bank, but hold off on tough action soon despite international outrage over the decision.

E1 area – Photo: AP

Some officials say that options for robust steps against Israel are limited due to a lack of unanimity in the 27-member EU and diplomatic protection of the Jewish state by its cast-iron superpower ally the United States. Continue Reading »

Abbas mulls ‘new strategy’ in response Israeli tax hold against unpaid bills

Mahmoud Abbas says whenever Israel “is upset with anybody in the world, it withholds Palestinian money”

Arab League ministers meet in Doha and decide to donate hundreds of millions to bail out aid dependent PA.



Abbas on Sunday slammed Israel’s decision to withhold Palestinian tax revenues as the Arab League scrambled to make up for the organization’s budgetary shortfalls.

Palestinians collect money [illustrative] - Photo: REUTERS/Tarmizy Harva

Palestinians collect money [illustrative] – Photo: REUTERS/Tarmizy Harva

Speaking at an Arab League meeting in Doha, Qatar, Abbas said Israel doesn’t have the right to withhold Palestinian money from the Palestinian National Authority, and the move would force them to formulate a “new strategy” in response.The

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EU has no intention of boycotting settlement products

EU Official says bloc “continues to oppose boycotts, including boycotts of settlement products” besides, there has to be action at the level of the UN Security Council before the EU places boycotts on countries.

Boycotting products from the settlements is not a sanction the EU is considering to demonstrate its displeasure with Israel’s recent decision to construct 3,000 new units in the settlement and push forward planning in E1, the EU’s delegation in Tel Aviv clarified Thursday.

Euro symbol near European flags - Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Euro symbol near European flags – Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A spokesman at the EU delegation was responding to an article in Ma’ariv that said EU ministers scheduled to meet Monday to discuss Israel’s recently announced settlement plans were considering “accelerating, in a full and effective measure, the implementation of legislation on labeling and boycotting settlement products.”

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Netanyahu & Merkel ‘agree to disagree’ on construction plans for E-1

At a news conference with Netanyahu, Merkel warns against unilateral moves and pushes for direct negotiations

The two leaders “agree to disagree” on plans to build the controversial E-1 corridor building in the Judean Desert.



German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to disagree on the question of plans to build more settlements in the West Bank, the chancellor said on Thursday. “We agreed that we disagree on this,” Merkel said at a news conference with Netanyahu in Berlin.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and German Chancellor Mer - Photo: GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom

Prime Minister Netanyahu and German Chancellor Mer – Photo: GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom

“We in Germany believe the work on a two-state solution must be continued … we must keep trying to come to negotiations and one-sided moves should be avoided,” she added.

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PA seeks UN Security Council action over E-1 settlement

Following threats to seek Int’l Criminal Court action over E-1 building plans, Palestinians seek Security Council’s assistance in stopping Israeli settlement construction.

US tells both sides to stop ‘war of words’

Elior Levy, agencies


The Palestinians are demanding urgent action by the UN Security Council and the international community to halt Israel’s “illegal settlement campaign.”

UN Security Council – Photo: AP

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he is determined to block the settlement building near Jerusalem with all legal and diplomatic means at his disposal.

“The settlement plans that Israel announced, especially E1, are a red line,” Abbas said, adding that “this must not happen.” Continue Reading »

Israeli PM, ‘Israel has right to respond to PA provocation’

PM Netanyahu departs for Germany, where he will ask the EU to use their influence with Palestinians to prevent further unilateral & provocative actions.


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu departed for Germany Wednesday morning, where he was expected to push the message that if the Europeans want to prevent Israel from responding further to the recent Palestinian victory at the UN, they should “encourage a positive Palestinian dynamic” and keep the PA from “further provocative actions,” diplomatic officials said on Tuesday.

PM Netanyahu, wife Sarah depart from B-G Airport

PM Netanyahu, wife Sarah depart from B-G Airport – Photo: GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom

Netanyahu is scheduled to dine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hear sharp criticism of plans to build 3,000 housing units in the settlement blocs and east Jerusalem, as well as push forward the planning of E1 in Ma’aleh Adumin.

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Abbas Threatens ICC Charges Over Israeli Housing Plans

Palestinian Authority warns that it may file war crimes charges against Israel with the Int’l Crimes Court if it doesn’t halt east Jerusalem building plans

News agencies

Israel is moving forward with plans for two major settlement projects in east Jerusalem, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, even as a senior Palestinian official warned that his government could pursue war crimes charges if Israel does not halt such construction.

International anger over Israeli settlement construction has snowballed in recent days, following the UN’s decision to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status to that of a “nonmember state” last week.

Israel retaliated by announcing plans to build 3,000 homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, as well as preparations for construction of an especially sensitive project near Jerusalem, known as E1. Continue Reading »

Land of Israel Fund Appeals to Jews Worldwide to Purchase Land in E1 Area

Amid severe int’l condemnations of late, the Israel Land Fund is attempting to assemble a group of Zionist investors to purchase & build the land.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


Amid severe and unremitting international condemnations over Israeli plans to build new Jewish homes in the E1 area of Jerusalem, the Israel Land Fund is tirelessly at work in an attempt to assemble a group of investors to purchase and build the land.

Founded in 2007, the registered non-profit organization “was created to continue the original efforts by the Jewish Forefathers, and in more recent history, over a century ago, by pioneers of The State. Continue Reading »

UK to Israel: Europe will consider further steps if you don’t reverse settlement expansion

UK Foreign Secretary Hague: Europe unlikely to open economic sanctions against Israel

Brazil, Ireland, Australia & Finland join other countries in summoning their Israeli ambassador

US State Department: Palestinian UN vote nor Israel response, brings us closer to 2-state solution.

By and Reuters


British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that European sanctions against Israel in response to its latest plans to build more settlements on disputed land were not an option, but said further steps would need to be considered if the expansion plans were not rescinded.

William Hague speaking during a news conference

British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking during a news conference on the continuing situation in Syria at the United Nations headquarters in New York, August 30, 2012.

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France: Israeli settlement plan won’t bring sanctions, yet

French President says to Israel’s envoy in Paris at French Foreign Ministry:  ‘extremely concerned’ by Israel’s decision to build 3,000 new homes, but adds ‘we don’t want to shift into sanctions mode.’

Prime Minister’s Office: We won’t succumb to pressure

By Attila Somfalvi, agencies


French President Francois Hollande criticized a new Israeli settlement-building drive on Monday as contrary to peacemaking with Palestinians but said Paris was not ready to impose sanctions on the Jewish state.

Speaking after Israel‘s envoy in Paris was summoned to the French foreign ministry, Hollande said he was “extremely concerned” by Israel’s announcement that it would build 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, after a de facto UN recognition of Palestinian statehood. Continue Reading »

The E-1 Plan – What, Where & Why

The E-1 Plan

About 15,000 residential homes along with an area police station, an industrial zone, hotels, a waste disposal facility and a cemetery to be shared by Jerusalem & Ma’ale Adumim are planned.

E1 area, officially called Mevaseret Adumim, located in the Judean Desert – Screenshot

The disputed E1 area, officially called Mevaseret Adumim, located in the Judean Desert and spans the area between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim. The land in question comprises about 12,000 dunams, which is roughly 12 square kilometers (4.6 sq mi).

If or when the E-1 plan is fully implemented Palestinians could, theoretically, travel between the northern Samaria and southern Judea via a road – that at this time does not exist – through the Judean Desert, looping around the Ma’ale Adumim bloc and the expanded area of Jerusalem whose outskirts would stretch nearly to Jericho. Continue Reading »