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July 16, 2013 12:16 pm

Israel PM Netanyahu Calls Urgent Cabinet Meeting After EU ‘Earthquake’ Decision

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an urgent cabinet meeting for Tuesday evening, including Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The meeting comes in response to recent reports that the European Union has initiated moves to boycott certain Israelis.

According to information leaked to Haaretz, the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, two weeks ago issued a directive requiring all 28 member states to ban all funding, collaboration, scholarships, research grants and awards to Israeli entities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while requiring that any future agreements signed with Israel must include a clause stating that the settlements are not part of the sovereign State of Israel and therefore are not part of said agreement. The directive goes into effect this Friday.

The unilateral EU decision touches upon the question of borders, which was previously to be part of “final status” negotiations; on discrimination, as both Jews and Arabs live in the land under question; and opens up further questions about those “entities,” which may have mixed employees, ownership or membership.

Israeli officials sharply criticized the move, and members of the Israeli cabinet also expressed disappointment in the timing of the decision, claiming it undermines U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent push to resume negotiations.

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid told Channel 2: “The unfortunate timing couldn’t be worse and undermines efforts by Secretary of State [John Kerry] to bring the two sides to the negotiating table.”

“The latest decision is part of a long line of decisions that lead to the isolation of Israel in the world,” Lapid said. “Time is not on our side, and every day that Israel is not in the peace negotiations more injury is caused to our international standing.”

Lapid noted that the EU’s decision signaled to the Palestinians that “there is no international or economic price for their continued refusal to return to negotiations, causing them to believe that Israel will buckle under economic and political pressure.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Israel will continue to operate as it sees fit. “It is not new that many countries in the world refer to Judea and Samaria as occupied territory and according to that they work,” Ya’alon said. “We have our policy regarding the West Bank and will continue to follow the policy and our interests.”

A senior Israeli official told Haaretz that the ruling was an “earthquake” which unprecedentedly turns “understandings and quiet agreements that the Union does not work beyond the Green Line” into “formal, binding policy.”

Channel 2 said the prime minister’s office was expected to make a statement at the conclusion of the cabinet meeting.

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  • As far as I know, over 2 millions Arabs – palestinians – live inside Israel and being taken good care of…..woiuld’t we think that Israel needs more space for this increasingly population of Arabs, dwelling INSIDE Israel??!!

  • Judy Silver-Shapiro

    6 million JEWS including 1.5 million JEWISH children were liquidated by the NAZIS while Europe did little if anything. Many colluded with and collaborated with the Nazis.
    They are following Obama’s lead of Isolating, Scapegoating & Marginalizing the Jewish Homeland. Need I say more?

    • judorebbe

      BRAVO !!! Am Yisrael Chai.

  • Alex

    Curious, who is it exactly that controls the EU? Is it the Vatican? Because that would make a lot of sense.

    It’s worth noting that it is the Vatican who gave birth and political sponsorship to the Nazis. Before the nazis it was the Islamo-nazis. The Vatican created and sponsored Islam as a proxy army to genocide “heretics” and rivals to Roman Catholicism (Orthodox Christians, Jews, Liberals, etc). Islam was used as a proxy because such rivals to Roman Catholicism were still Roman citizens and entitled to basic rights and protection. But under the guise of Islamic attacks this protection could be withheld, and indeed, Rome’s Imperial armies were never used against the Jihadistanis because the Jihadistanis operate under secret Vatican sponsorship.

  • mika

    Israel is not Jihadistan. That should be made clear to all.

    Place an equivalent tax on the Jihadistani aliens living in Israel. Israel can play this game just as well.

  • RP

    Israel is increasingly being marginalized. It’s surrounded by nations that want them destroyed, cutoff from its once greatest ally across the Atlantic and now, almost being economically slapped by the EU.

  • NYIronweed

    BRAVO EU! Finally, something that Israel will understand.

    • judorebbe

      Two can play this game – Israel should slap a hefty tax on EU imports, and use that revenue to construct new housing developments (“settlements”) in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.

  • Stuart Hersh

    Europe appears to have raised the Chamberlain/Dalladier specter; merely substituting Jews who choose to live in Judea and Samaria, for Czechoslovakia and Poland. Israel has an obligation to boycott relationships. with Europe, in all those fields covered by the EU boycott. In addiition, it should regard the EU as useless in mediating between Israel and the Arabs.

  • Neil D. Chase

    Israel was around before the EU, and a bigger Israel will be around well after the EU crumbles.

    • Israel4ever

      Well said at last someone that is looking at the bigger picture and all the powers at play here.

  • Steve Wenick

    The EU would not act without the approval of its non-EU allies.

  • George Hulme

    Is he finally going to do the decent thing and stop illegal settlements?

    • judorebbe

      Two can play this game – Israel should slap a hefty tax on EU imports, and use that revenue to construct new housing developments (“settlements”) in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.