Israel Will Never Hand Over Parts of the West Bank, Says Deputy FM Hotovely
Deputy foreign minister also says EU labeling of produce from the West Bank would be tantamount to a boycott of Israel.
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A Gift from Europe
No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the settlements, 15 years after Gush Shalom, the peace organization to which I belong, had issued a call for such a boycott.
The European decision says that no Israeli institution or corporation which has any direct or indirect connection with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights will receive any contract, grant, prize or suchlike from the EU or any member state. To assure compliance, every contract between Israelis and the EU will contain a paragraph stating that the settlements are not part of Israel.
EU cuts cash to Jewish settlements in new '67 border basis talks push
Reaction now from Tsafrir Cohen, Middle East coordinator of the Medico International humanitarian group.
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Middle East Peace Process
Ministers discussed recent developments in the Middle East, following the vote on the status of Palestine at the UN, the ceasefire in Gaza and recent decisions by the Israeli authorities on settlements and tax revenues of the Palestinian authority.
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Israel's policies in the West Bank
endanger two-state solution
Foreign Ministers list settler violence, settlement expansion and house demolitions as detrimental to peace process; Israel says report is biased and one-sided.
Bericht der EU-Mission in Israel zu Ost-Jerusalem
Alljährlich erstellen die EU-Missionen im Ausland vertrauliche 'Policy-Reports', vertrauliche Berichte über das jeweilige Gastland, die nach Brüssel gehen und der EU-Kommission dazu dienen sollen ihre Politik zu überprüfen und anzupassen.
Derartige Reports schreibt auch die EU-Mission in Israel, nicht nur über Israel selber, sondern auch über die Entwicklung in Ost-Jerusalem und in den besetzten Gebieten.
Letter to the President of the European Council
Application of Council Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process
The year 2011 will be of critical importance in determining the fate of the Middle East, perhaps for many years to come.
On 8 December 2009 the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union adopted a set of twelve ‘Council conclusions on the Middle East peace process’. The resulting document, essentially a collective European blueprint for resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, set out the requirements for a comprehensive peace, inclusive of ‘a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’, in a clear and concise manner. It also identified a number of benchmarks. The Council further recognized that Middle East peace ‘is a fundamental interest’ of not only the parties in the region, but also of the European Union itself. With this statement, the EU attracted considerable interest and raised expectations about its ability to advance the peace process. It formulated in effect what the overall international community, including the current administration of the United States, apparently believes is right.
EU's Ashton: Israel failed to ease Gaza blockade
Ashton says not enough goods flowing in to meet the humanitarian and reconstruction needs of Gaza, contrary to Israel's commitment.
Israel has failed to live up to its commitments on easing the blockade on the Gaza strip, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton complained on Monday.
Israel pledged to loosen its grip on the Palestinian enclave in June, reacting to the international outcry caused by its at-sea shooting in late May of nine Turkish activists, who were trying to break the blockade.
Israel blasts 'dangerous' EU call for deadline on Palestinian state
The Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed a call by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, for the United Nations to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "dangerous."
"Resolutions 242 and 338 of the United Nations, the roadmap [peace plan] and agreements between Israel and the Palestinians all cautiously determine that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be reached through negotiations by the sides," the ministry said in a statement.
EU tells Israel to release Palestinian customs duties
The European Commissioner for external relations has said Israel should transfer money due to the Palestinian Authority it has held back since Hamas won the Palestinian elections in January.
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