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September 29, 2013 1:56 pm

Report: Israel Seeks to Lever $110 Billion ‘Horizon 2020’ Joint Research Initiative Against EU Sanction Directive

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Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem, June 19, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

Israeli negotiators are trying to exercise a multi-billion lever to counter a European Union directive to bar Israeli communities and entities operating beyond the pre-1967 lines from EU funding, the Gatestone Institute reported, as Israel has threatened to walk away from EU’s $110 billion Horizon 2020 science and innovation project, where it is the sole non-EU technology partner, unless a compromise can be reached.

“The issue came to a head after Israel threatened to cancel its participation in Horizon 2020, an €80 billion ($110 billion) scientific cooperation program sponsored by the European Union,” the Gatestone Institute reported in a research note.

“The EU and Israel both stand to benefit from Israel’s involvement in the lucrative program, which begins on January 1, 2014 and will run for a period of seven years. Israel — the only non-EU country that has been invited to join Horizon 2020 — is expected to invest €600 million in the program and receive €900 million in inbound research grants and other investments. For its part, the EU will benefit from Israeli research and technology, which is widely believed to surpass the capabilities of many EU member states,” Senior Fellow Soeren Kern writes.

The scope for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 is significant, with a €24 billion budget for science research, €17 billion for industrial innovation, and €30 billion “to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population,” the EU said on its website.

According to the Gatestone Institute, EU and Israeli officials met in Jerusalem on September 10 and then in Brussels on September 12 to discuss a compromise, but none could be reached. The task now falls to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to raise the issue directly with Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, by mid-November, ahead of the January 1 start of both the sanctions and the Horizons 2020 program, the Gatestone Institute report said.

The European Union’s 2014 guidelines, published in July, limit interaction with Israeli entities and impose financial sanctions on Israeli communities beyond the pre-1967 lines. The guidelines “reiterate the long-held position that bilateral agreements with Israel do not cover the territory that came under Israel’s administration in June 1967,” the EU said.

Israel’s immediate response, via Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, was to order the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot to suspend several joint Israeli-EU projects across Judea and Samaria and to deny EU officials the permits needed to travel freely between Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Gatestone Institute is a think tank chaired by John Bolton, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, from 2005 to 2006, and Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, from 2001 to 2005. In addition to serving under President George W. Bush, Ambassador Bolton also served in the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush.

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  • Kara Bergin

    Don’t let the foxes in the hen house. Israel cannot be bought for such a pittance.You have been bought with the Blood of the Lamb. Your riches and wisdom are greater than that of Abraham and Solomon.
    This project will fall apart without the blessing of the Almighty. Trust in Him to bring together a partnership from some unlikely places.



  • Mike P.

    So, let me get this straight. The EU will be giving Israel €42 million per year for seven years.

    Israel does not need this small amount of money.

    EU desperately needs the Jewish brainpower it tried to exterminate on several occasions.

    Israel should drop out of this program immediately and send a message to the EU:

    1) Jews cannot be bought
    2) You do not get the benefit of the Jews’ brainpower
    3) Watch yourselves, EU, become scientifically irrelevant

  • Knowledge is power. Keep the knowledge and share with friends only. Theres a reason Israel is the only non EU country invited. Without Israel the whole thing falls apart

  • Fred

    Europe still follows the old NAZI theme. Get what you can out of the Jews and in gratitude & appreciation kick them in the backside. Europe’s state OF denial is stil working.

  • Efram Paul

    Pull out. It is high time that these vicious bigots got some of their bile back. If they want to play dirty, below the belt, and illegal hardball, then let Israel tell them to go scratch.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Yeah Israel needs to withdraw from that. No doubt “Jew science” would have to be banned by the European Caliphate anyway. No worries – there’s the whole rest of the world.

  • vivarto

    Screw EU, partner up with India and China.

  • Joy

    Why do so many countries and organizations continue to target Israel the only democratic, industrial, technological, humane country in the Middle East? What have any of her neighbors achieved? Not even the cuckoo clock.