European Commission President’s visit to Jerusalem on Monday is to advance an EC proposal to acquire Israeli natural-gas via Cairo, that would reduce European reliance on energy imports from Russia.
By LAHAV HARKOV
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday, as Jerusalem, Cairo and Brussels make strides toward a natural-gas export deal.
The European Union Embassy in Israel said von der Leyen was arriving “to advance relations between the EU and Israel, especially cooperation in the area of energy. The president will also discuss with Israeli government representatives the global reaction to the food crisis and the situation in the Middle East.” Continue Reading »
After rebuking Europeans over their acceptance of Hamas’ narrative of Gaza border riots, Europe’s defense of Iran’s nuclear deal, and their rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, one EU official warns Israel to tread carefully, since Trump won’t always be President to protect it.
By Israel Today Staff
For once, the zeal of Washington’s support for Israel seems to match that of the American people. And the Jewish state is basking in the nearly-unquestioned backing of its policies, concerns and claims. So much so that Jerusalem has of late taken a somewhat more aggressive stance toward less cooperate allies.
According to a senior European Union official cited by Hadashot TV, Israel’s making a big mistake in that regard. Continue Reading »
The EU chastised Israel over the Regulation Law’s passage and postponed indefinitely a meeting between EU and Israeli officials, seen as a step towards mending strained relations.
By David Rosenberg
While the United States has refused to condemn passage of the Regulation Law Monday night, Britain and the European Union slammed the legislation on Tuesday, saying that it threatened the pursuit of a two-state solution. Neither referred to the previous situation on Cyprus, when Greeks were allowed to recompense Turks for building on their land when the island was divided rather than abandon their home, this with the consent of the Hague Court. Continue Reading »
Under the new agreement, the EU said it will leave product-labeling decisions up to each individual member country and promised to oppose any boycott or isolation campaigns against Israel.
By Shlomo Cesana, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
The Foreign Ministry reported that relations with the European Union are “close and friendly” again after tensions arose last year over the bloc’s decision to label Israeli exports manufactured beyond the Green Line.
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the sides had “overcome the crisis” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini spoke by phone Friday.
On Saturday the EU reiterated its opposition to Israel’s building of Jewish homes in Judea & Samaria and called on Israel to immediately stop its demolition of illegal Palestinian structures, many funded by the EU in violation of local and int’l laws.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of illegal Palestinian buildings, some of which are EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.
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The blue EU logo seen on new modular structures in an illegal Bedouin encampment in the Judean hills outside the Ma’alen Adumim settlement.
Until Israel’s Foreign Ministry reaches decision after EU’s pro-Palestinian decision, all diplomatic ties with EU institutions concerning the Israel-Arab conflict will be suspended.
•Israel will continue cooperation with individual countries such as Germany, Hungary, Britain & France.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday instructed the Foreign Ministry to reassess the European Union’s involvement in the peace process with Palestinians, the Israeli news site Ynet News reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speak to the media on May 20, 2015 – Photo: AFP/POOL/DAN BALILTY
The prime minister, “ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union and its representatives on this issue,” the foreign ministry said in a Hebrew-language statement. 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.
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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.
Opportunity presents itself for Israel to improve its ties with the European Union
Israel gets ‘friend’ in Tusk, Polish Prime Minister now new president of the European Council.
Israeli officials warmly welcomed Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s appointment as president of the European Council on Sunday, but were more reserved at news that Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini would replace Catherine Ashton as the EU’s foreign policy chief.
Donald Tusk, Herman Van Rompuy, Federica Mogherini during EU summit in Brussels on Saturday – Photo: REUTERS
The more reserved reception toward Mogherini was because of lack of familiarity with the 41-year-old diplomat, who startled many when she was tapped – seemingly out of nowhere – as Italy’s foreign minister only six months ago. Continue Reading »
Europe’s economic & political stagnation, constant condemnation of Israeli policies and deep rooted legacy of anti-Semitism set it apart from East Asia.
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Slowly but surely Israel is pivoting toward the East. Years ago that would have been a most unexpected development. After all, most of Israel’s population originated from Europe, and most of its leadership had its roots in Europe. For many years Israel might have been considered, for better or for worse, an outpost of Europe in the Middle East. Whether Europe loved Israel or hated Israel, Europe remained Israel’s closest connection to Western civilization.
EU Parliament chief Martin Schulz’s speech caused a walk-out as he repeated PA claims on water discrimination and the Gaza ‘blockade.’
By Maayana Miskin
A speech in Knesset Wednesday given by the head of the European Union Parliament caused outrage, and ultimately sparked a walk-out.
Several MKs expressed upset as EU parliament president Martin Schulz, who spoke in German, repeated as fact Palestinian Authority claims of Israeli discrimination regarding allocation of water in Judea and Samaria, and of a “blockade” on Gaza.
Schulz condemned Israeli “settlements” east of the 1949 armistice line as “an obstacle to peace,” and claimed, “The blockade of Gaza creates despair and extremism.” Continue Reading »
EU envoy suggests that the only issue that threatens agreement is Jewish settlement activity, ignoring ongoing Palestinian indoctrination to incitement, terrorist attacks & security concerns.
European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen freely admitted on Wednesday that Europe intends to blame the Jewish state if the current peace talks fail to produce an agreement.
“Naturally, the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep,” stated Faaborg-Andersen.
He qualified that remark by insisting it would be only “logical” to attribute failure to Israel if the issue that prevents the signing of a peace deal is Jewish “settlement activity.” 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 »