Thursday, Oct 20th

Last update05:20:13 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...

U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq

Us sservice member killed in IraqA U.S. service member has been killed by a bomb in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said...

Philippine President Duterte announces separation from U.S.

Philippine president Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he’s breaking from the United States, saying that he...

Inside Iraq's Mosul: 'We fear for our lives'

Mozul inhabitants fear for their livesFamilies inside Iraq's Mosul say they are living in fear and desperation as the military operation...

200 women demand peace agreement on Israel's Lebanese border

Women Wage HeatMore than 200 women and several men took part in a rally on the Israeli side...
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!