Sunday, Oct 04th

Last update06:07:08 AM GMT

You are here News International EU takes tougher stance on Israeli settlements

EU takes tougher stance on Israeli settlements

E-mail Print PDF

Israeli settlementsThe European Union has dealt a harsh blow to the Israeli settlement enterprise in a directive that insists all future agreements between the EU and Israel must explicitly exclude Jewish colonies in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

The move, described by an Israeli official as an "earthquake", prompted furious criticism from the Israeli prime minister over "external diktats".

But it was hailed by Palestinians and their supporters as a significant political and economic sanction against settlements.

The EU guidelines will prohibit the issuing of grants, funding, prizes or scholarships unless a settlement exclusion clause is included. Israeli institutions and bodies situated across the pre-1967 Green Line – including the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed — will be automatically ineligible.

In order to secure agreements with the EU in the future, the Israeli government will be required to concede in writing that settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are outside the state of Israel.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Vatican fires gay priest on eve of Catholic bishops meeting

Vatican fires gay priestThe Vatican fired a priest Saturday after he came out as gay and revealed he has...

Australia Deports Head of Anti-Abortion Group

Australia deports anti-abortion headThe head of a United States anti-abortion group who tried to enter Australia on a canceled...

4 Israelis injured, 2 critically, in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

4 Israelis injuredp 2 criticallyFour Israelis were injured, two of them critically, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City...

Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

Mud slid GuatemalaRescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!