Not satisfied that their demonization of Israel is still left uncompleted, these detestable hacks who pimp tyranny domestically and abroad take yet another swipe at the Jewish state. The positive aspect of the incident is the noting by Europe of Israeli outrage over the letter. Justifiable push-back.
NOTE: Once again: Prof.Eugene Kontorovich explains the legality of the settlements and international law.
Former European leaders call on EU to enforce ban on Israeli settlements’
Recently published EU guidelines see halt in funding to all Israeli activity beyond the 1967 borders.
Netanyahu at meeting with Catherine Ashton, EU High Rep for Foreign Affairs, June 20, 2013. Photo: Courtesy – GPO
Former leaders and senior officials from European Union member states have called on the body to stick to its guns over new guidelines limiting interaction with Israeli entities beyond the pre-1967 lines, despite Israel-generated pressure, Army Radio reported Monday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called earlier this month for a delay in the implementation of the directive, which would see an end to EU financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the West Bank and Golan Heights.
Army Radio said that the angry Israeli response to the guidelines had taken some in Europe by surprise, and that while no one had expected Israel to accept the move without some reaction, the ferocity was unanticipated.
The letter by the group, which includes former NATO secretary-general and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and former Spanish foreign minister Angel Moratinos, also called for the guidelines to be enforced with regards to Horizon 2020 – a 80 billion euro R&D project whose Israel involvement was called into question following the announcement of the guidelines.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon accused the former EU officials of harming the peace process. “Former European officials never cease to amaze,” he said. “They have crossed the line of criticism of the State of Israel. I expect the European leadership to condemn this move.”
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said last month that the guidelines were simply “putting down on paper what is currently the EU position.”