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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • Bulgaria reveals new evidence on Hezbollah-Burgas link

    June 20, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Bulgaria claims it has previously undisclosed evidence that further implicates Hezbollah in a deadly terrorist attack last year on Bulgarian soil, JTA has learned.

    A Bulgarian representative to the European Union said Wednesday that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah...

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

  • Kerry says Israelis, Palestinians must make tough decisions

    May 24, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Israeli and Palestinian leaders must decide soon on whether to revive long-dormant peace negotiations to end their decades-old conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

    Ending two days of meetings in the region, Kerry said he had had "very productive" talks....

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • EU diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

    February 27, 2013 | 10:03 am

    European Union diplomats in eastern Jerusalem have recommended economic sanctions against Jewish settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

    The recommendations are part of the 2012 Heads of Mission report, which is non-binding. The recommendations were reported Wednesday...

  • EU official: Hezbollah may not make terror list, even with Bulgaria bombing

    January 28, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Hezbollah may not be included on the European Union's list of terrorist groups even if it did bomb Jewish tourists in Bulgaria, the EU's top counter-terrorism official reportedly said.

    On Monday, the news site EUobserver quoted the official, Gilles de Kerchove, as saying that...

  • Lack of deal with Iran on nuclear talks alarms Russia

    January 11, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Russia expressed alarm on Friday that no date or venue had been agreed for a new round of talks between global powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

    Iran, which denies Western accusations it is seeking to develop a capability to make nuclear weapons, said last week it...

  • EU court throws out NGO funding case brought by Israel-based group

    December 24, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    The European Court of Justice threw out a lawsuit filed nearly three years ago against the European Union that would have required the E.U. to release details of its funding of NGOs.

    The lawsuit filed in January 2010 by the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor charged that the European...

  • EU, Russia condemn Israeli settlement expansion plans

    December 21, 2012 | 8:17 am

    The European Union and Russia on Friday denounced Israel's plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and urged Israelis and Palestinians to take "bold and concrete steps towards peace."

    Israeli officials said this week they would press on with plans to build 6,000...

  • EU condemns Israeli settlements, seizure of PA funds

    December 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    The European Union (EU) called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority” (PA).

    The EU made the appeal in a document published Dec. 11 titled “Council Conclusions on the...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • EU diplomats seek visa ban for ‘violent’ Israeli settlers

    November 28, 2012 | 10:20 am

    European diplomats recommended imposing visa bans on "violent" Israeli settlers, as Denmark helped organize a workshop on labeling settlement goods in the European Union.

    The Political and Security Committee -- a group of EU ambassadors dealing with conflict zones -- suggested...

  • European NGOs call for Settlement boycott

    November 1, 2012 | 11:11 am

    A new report by 22 aid, development and church groups from nine European Union (EU) countries calls for the EU to stop buying goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jewish businesses in East Jerusalem. The report finds the EU imports some $300 million from Israeli...

  • Romney’s strong debate showing puts Europe on edge

    October 4, 2012 | 9:54 am

    President Barack Obama's lacklustre performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term.

    While a lot can change before the Nov. 6 vote, and Obama and...

  • In letter to Quartet, Lieberman calls for Abbas’ ouster

    August 22, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked countries working for Israeli-Palestinian peace to call for new elections to remove Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from office.

    The letter, sent to the Mideast Quartet—the grouping of the United States, Russia, the...

  • EU’s Ashton condemns ‘hateful’ Iran remarks on Israel

    August 21, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The EU foreign policy chief said on Saturday that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a “cancerous tumor” with no place in a future Middle East, were “outrageous and hateful”.

    Catherine Ashton’s language was unusually forthright for the West’s chief...

  • EU includes central Israel city on list of settlements

    August 15, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The European Union has included parts of the central Israel municipality of Modi’in on its list of settlements.

    Several zip codes from the city of Modiin, or Modiin-Maccabim-Reut since its merger in 2003, which is located in central Israel about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel...

  • European rabbis: Shechitah could come under legislative attack in EU

    August 7, 2012 | 10:37 am

    A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.

    “Many European Jewish communities are not aware that shechitah could be put in danger,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the...

  • EU refuses to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization

    July 25, 2012 | 11:19 am

    European Union President Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said Tuesday said that the EU would not grant Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s request to declare Iran-funded Hezbollah as a terrorist organization because “Hezobollah is a political party in Lebanon which also runs...

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