(JNS.org) 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
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.