For the EU to place sanctions on Israel as Abbas and Palestinian leaders send out civilians to stab & butcher Jews, labeling rewards their terrorism and supports the Palestinians refusal for direct talks.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The European Union is expected to publish in the next few weeks its long anticipated guidelines on the consumer labeling of Israeli products produced over the pre-1967 lines, in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
European Union flags – Photo: REUTERS
The impending EU labeling of what it calls “settlement products” has been a contentious issue between Brussels and Jerusalem since 2012. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM lashes at the European Parliament’s blatantly anti-Semitic decision, explaining again, ‘The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements.’
By Tova Dvorin
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the European Parliament’s decision to label products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria (Shomron) as “settlement products” on Thursday, stating that the move only hinders efforts for Middle East peace.
“This is unjust,” he stated. “It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – Kobi Gidon/GPO
“The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements,” he warned. Continue Reading »
WATCH PM Netanyahu telling visiting European Council President Donald Tusk, Europe “seeks to unilaterally press Israel into agreements that will endanger our very existence & therefore your very defense.”
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The European Union must stop pressuring Israel to enter dangerous agreements that threaten the future of the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on Monday night.
Europe “seeks to unilaterally press Israel into agreements that will endanger our very existence and therefore your very defense,” Netanyahu publicly told visiting European Council President Donald Tusk prior to holding a private discussion with him.
Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures during a news conference with his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk after a joint meeting of Polish and Israeli ministers in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Policy chief Frederica Mogherini says the EU decision to label (only jewish) Judea & Samaria products for export is imminent, but foreign ministers caution that the demand was not meant as a ‘boycott Israel’ decision.
By Orli Harari
The European Union will soon render its decision on whether to label goods produced by Jews in Judea and Samaria.
Speaking at the conclusion of a summit of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg, EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said a special committee would soon submit its conclusions on the issue.
Federica Mogherini – Reuters
“The work of the committee dealing with the issue is coming to a close – these are the last steps before we submit the conclusions,” she said. Continue Reading »
European diplomats may be now targeting Israeli banks, having said that labelling is only the first step the EU may take against Israel over its activities in Judea & Samaria and all of Jerusalem.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
he European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in Judea and Samaria, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: AFP
In a paper to be published on Wednesday, the European Council on Foreign Relations, whose proposals frequently inform EU policymaking, argues that the EU is in breach of its own laws and must move much more firmly to distinguish its dealings with Israel from Israel’s activities in the Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
EU diplomatic source: In wake of Netanyahu’s rejection of Palestinian state, EU plans to pressure Israel, according to report outlining 40 suggestions in blackmailing Jerusalem, to force a change in Israeli policy.
By Elior Levy
A European Union report obtained by Ynet on Wednesday outlines suggestions on how to pressure Israel into returning to negotiations, in a list of 40 possible decisions.
Netanyahu and Merkel. Israel and Europe are at loggerheads. – Photo: Reuters
An EU diplomatic source told Ynet that there was a definite chance that the recommendations in the report, which the member states have yet to approve, were more likely to be implemented following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement during his election campaign that a Palestinian state would not be created under his rule. Continue Reading »
A new European Union (EU) report says that Jerusalem is at a “boiling point” and recommends sanctions against Israel over the “polarization” in the capital.
The report, obtained by the British Guardian on Friday, says that Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of “polarization and violence” not seen since the end of the second intifada in 2005.
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The report calls for tougher European sanctions against Israel over its “continued settlement construction in the city”, which it claims is exacerbating recent conflict.
Israeli diplomats learned the EU has secretly distributed a document to member-states outlining harsh restrictions against Israel for ‘red lines’ – like new home construction for Jews in Jerusalem.
By Ari Yashar
The European Union (EU) has sent a secret document to its 28 member states detailing sanctions to be taken against Israel, if it takes moves the EU feels compromises the creation of an Arab state of ‘Palestine’ inside Israel.
The paper, drafted by the European External Action Service (EEAS), was distributed to European diplomats who were told not to show it to Israel yet, according to Haaretz. Continue Reading »
Is Israel facing surge of support for boycott efforts?
Sanction debate could grow, says EU Mideast envoy, if peace negotiations end in failure, citing discussion to tag Jewish West Bank products, effectively facilitating consumers boycott.
By Associated Press
Support in Europe for sanctioning Israel over its settlement policies is growing and could gain steam if the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail, the outgoing EU envoy to the Middle East said Thursday.
A boycott sticker
For now, the European Union is dangling incentives before both sides to nudge them toward a deal, rather than threatening punishment but some commentators have been sounding the alarm regarding a possible surge in boycott efforts. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held urgent consultations Sunday to discuss what Israeli officials termed the European Union’s refusal to show the necessary flexibility on its settlement guidelines to allow Israel to join the massive Horizon 2020 project.
Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with EU Foreign Commissioner Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem. – File Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
Israel and the EU have been in intensive talks since August looking for a formula that would enable Israel’s participation in the flagship EU Research and Development program in light of EU settlement guidelines published in June barring the transfer of any money or funds to entities beyond the Green Line, including east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
27 EU Parliamentarians sign petition to Ashton asking her to rethink guidelines on banning business transactions & funding with Jewish town in the disputed areas.
News comes amid reports Jerusalem attempted to reach a deal with EU over guidelines in bid to save $94B in research funding.
Some 30 members of the European Parliament on Wednesday urged the EU to rethink July guidelines banning financial ties with Israeli settlements.
High Representative of the European Union Catherine Ashton – Photo: AP
In a letter to the bloc’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton, 27 MEPs across the political spectrum urged the EU’s executive, the European Commission, to reverse or at least soften the guidelines setting a January 2014 ban on funding and business deals with settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Lawmakers from several countries, including the UK, US, South Africa & Guatemala say planned EU restrictions on Israeli institutions outside the 1967 lines are ‘woefully misguided at best & discriminatory at worst’.
Two dozen parliamentarians from around the world are urging the EU to halt a planned ban on Israeli institutions in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
MK Danon (holding declaration) with foreign MPs – Photo: Yissachar Ruas
The move, following in the footsteps of action taken in the US Congress against the EU guidelines, which were made public as peace negotiations resumed between Israelis and Palestinians after a three year hiatus came at the culmination of the Israel Allies Caucus international chairman’s conference held in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »