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  • Calling out anti-Semitism

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    If you discriminate against the only Jewish country in the world, is that anti-Semitism?

    Let’s take the European Union (EU), which routinely discriminates against the Jewish state. Among the numerous “occupied territories” around the world, for example, the EU has singled out...

  • EU security chiefs brace for more Islamist attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State and other militants are very likely to attempt big new attacks in Europe following those in Paris, the EU's police agency said on Monday, echoing previous warnings by senior security officials.

    The assessment was based on discussions concluded eight weeks ago by...

  • Human Rights Watch report ramps up pressure on Israeli settlement activity

    3 weeks ago

    The collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process a year ago has led to an accelerating war of words over Israeli settlements, with Israel accusing its growing chorus of foreign critics of prejudging the final terms of a peace deal at best – and anti-Semitism at worst.

    The...

  • Czech parliament rejects labelling goods from Israeli settlements

    December 17, 2015 | 10:49 am

    The Czech parliament's lower house called on the government on Thursday to ignore EU rules on labelling goods from Israeli settlements, joining Hungary in breaking ranks over the divisive regulations.

    The Czech Assembly said new EU guidelines which require the labelling of...

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  • With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward Asia

    December 1, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, sat kiddy-corner in armchairs at this week’s international climate summit near Paris, talking and laughing.

    “We have the best of relations, and they can be made even better,” Netanyahu told Modi...

  • Hungary will not label West Bank products, its foreign minister says

    November 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Hungary will not label separately products made in the West Bank or the Golan Heights, its foreign minister said.

    Peter Szijjarto, who is also Hungary’s trade minister, said on an overnight visit to Israel that the European Union’s guidelines for labeling goods that originate in...

  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    September 3, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

    Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary...

  • Six powers and Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline

    July 7, 2015 | 8:26 am

    Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

    "We are continuing to negotiate for the next...

  • EU diplomats protest Israel’s plan to demolish Palestinian town

    June 8, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    Diplomats from all 28 European member states’ Jerusalem consulate traveled to the Palestinian town of Susiya to protest Israel’s decision to demolish it.

    The delegation visited the town in the Hebron hills on Monday and urged Israel not to evict its 300 residents, saying that the...

  • Netanyahu tells EU’s chief diplomat he is committed to two-state solution

    May 20, 2015 | 1:51 pm

     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the European Union’s top diplomat that he was committed to finding a two-state solution with the Palestinians, as long as they recognize the Jewish state.

    “I don’t support a one-state solution – I don’t believe that’s a solution at...

  • Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says

    May 18, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday on the eve of her first visit to the region.

    Six months into her tenure, the 41-year-old former Italian foreign...

  • Vatican, FIFA, EU put Israel in center of diplomatic storm

    May 14, 2015 | 9:03 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Palestinian decision to internationalize their conflict with Israel seems to be paying off as Israel is coming under diplomatic pressure on several fronts at the same time. The Vatican decision to recognize “Palestine” as a...

  • Leaked report: EU may sanction Israel over settlements

    March 23, 2015 | 10:16 am

    Sanctions may be imposed on Israel for its increased settlement in the eastern part of Jerusalem, a leaked European Union report warns.

    The report, as described by the Guardian on Friday, blames Israeli settlement in eastern Jerusalem for a “vicious cycle of violence …...

  • What the EU talks about when it talks about hate

    February 10, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Alarmed by the worsening of Europe’s anti-Semitism problem, European Union leaders are speaking out more forcefully than ever before against the phenomenon.

    Following the slaying of four Jews last month by an Islamist near Paris, the first vice president of the European...

  • Irish government to accept motion to recognize Palestinian state

    December 9, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    The Irish government will accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition on Tuesday calling on parliament to recognize Palestine as a state, echoing similar recent symbolic decisions in other European Union countries.

    While most developing countries recognize Palestine as a...

  • Israel to stop exporting settlement poultry, dairy to EU

    August 19, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Israel will stop exporting poultry and dairy from settlements to the European Union, Israeli and European officials announced.

    Effective Sept. 1, Israeli poultry and dairy exports to the EU will be restricted to products from within the Green Line, Israel’s pre-1967 borders, the...

  • German neo-Nazi’s naming to EU committee rankles Jewish leaders

    July 8, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    European Jewish leaders slammed the appointment of a German neo-Nazi lawmaker to the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee.

    Udo Voigt, the former head of the far-right National Democratic Party, was named this week to the parliamentary committee for Civil Liberties,...

  • E.U. donates $335m to UNRWA

    June 6, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    The European Union approved a $335 million contribution to UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for people it defines as Palestinian refugees.

    The contribution, which will go to UNRWA‘s General Fund for core services for the period 2014-2016, was announced on Wednesday at...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses extradition to Belgium

    June 4, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The French national suspected of having shot three people dead in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month refused on Wednesday to be extradited from France to Belgium, prosecutors and his lawyer said.

    Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who has been in police custody since his arrest on Friday...

  • EU official lauds Israel for treating injured Syrians

    November 13, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    A European Union official based in Israel praised the Jewish state for providing medical treatment to Syrian civilians injured in their country’s civil war.

    EU Ambassador-designate Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday visited the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to see the care being...

  • The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying:...

  • Stick to Israeli settlement guidelines, ex-European leaders urge EU

    September 16, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Former European officials and heads of state called on the European Union not to relax new guidelines on Israeli settlements.

    Fifteen members of the European Eminent Persons Group sent a letter Monday to EU foreign ministers urging them to keep in place the guidelines, which make...

  • Powerless West gropes for way to sway Egypt

    August 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Having failed to dissuade Egypt's military-dominated rulers from launching a bloody crackdown on supporters of an ousted Islamist president, Western governments are venting condemnation and groping for ways to influence the outcome.

    The United States and the European Union tried...

  • Israel will not sign EU agreements with settlement guidelines

    August 8, 2013 | 10:15 am

    Israel reportedly wants modifications in the European Union’s new guidelines barring funding for ventures in the occupied territories before it signs any new agreements with the EU.

    The decision to ask the EU to reword, or “clarify,” the guidelines was made Thursday at a meeting...

  • Why peace talks will fail

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The conventional wisdom is that the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are doomed to fail. The popular reason cited is that “the maximum the Israelis can offer is less than the minimum the Palestinians can accept.” 

    From a pragmatic view, that may well be true, but I think...

  • EU ban on Hezbollah branch a start, but impact is likely limited

    July 23, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    The effectiveness of the European Union’s decision to blacklist only Hezbollah’s military wing might be debatable, but one thing about the move seems certain: It did not come easy.

    The decision Monday by Europe’s 28 foreign ministers to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the...

  • EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

    July 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group's involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

    The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite movement, an ally of...

  • Report: E.U. close to branding Hezbollah military wing a terrorist group

    July 19, 2013 | 10:09 am

    A senior EU official said the union is moving closer to declaring the military wing of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

    The Associated Press on Friday reported that the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the EU could make a...

  • EU issues new guidelines on West Bank — but do they matter?

    July 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    There’s been much handwringing this week about a set of new European Union directives that render Israeli projects in eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank ineligible for EU funding or grants.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an indignant...

  • BDS becomes law in the EU: Why the European Union’s boycott of Israeli products is wrong

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2013 | 6:03 am

    According to a new guideline adopted by the European Union, contracts between EU member states and Israel must include a clause stating that east Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel and therefore not part of the contract. This means that any cooperation,...

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