Breaking News

Israel concerned about ‘revolution of bureaucrats in Europe’ amid pre-1967 lines guidelines

( On Friday, the
Official Journal of the European Union published its guidelines stating that
all future agreements with Israel will apply only to the pre-1967 lines and
that funding will be withheld from projects in Judea and Samaria. The
guidelines go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

“Israel must be concerned about the EU’s
decision because it proves that the revolution of bureaucrats and diplomats in
Europe has begun,” a source close to the EU in Brussels told Israel Hayom. “In effect, instead of
governments dictating policy, the bureaucrats are the ones who dictate facts on
the ground.”

Israeli Embassy officials in Brussels who are charged
with maintaining contact with the EU tried to fish out certain details of the
document weeks before it was published, but to no avail. Sources in Brussels
said that a small coterie of diplomats in the European Commission’s Middle East
Department denied anyone access to the document.

“They worked in great secrecy,” a source told Israel Hayom.

chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said, “Someone
needs to explain to [the EU] that there are other, more pressing matters that
they should busy themselves with.” Lieberman has suggested excluding the EU from
anything having to do the peace process and discontinuing all contact with it
on the Palestinian issue, and Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin echoed that

“If we don’t put a
stop to this, we have to consider whether we are interested in Europe’s
involvement [in the peace process],” Elkin said.

…read more

Please ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponPin on PinterestEmail this to someone

Jewish Content

Posted by on July 22, 2013. Filed under Israeli News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.