‘This is only the beginning,’ stated Netanyahu, vowing to ‘continue to take determined action against organizations that seek to delegitimize the State of Israel and strive to defame the state and the IDF around the world.’
‘I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,’ Netanyahu said in Brussels
Addressing the European Parliament on Thursday, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas claimed Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is the root cause of global terrorism and is encouraging extremists. Abbas also refused to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has no problem cutting deals with Iran or the Palestinians and sheds no tears over Israeli victims of terror, but chokes up after learning of the ISIS attacks in Belgium.
Completely ignoring reality, the EU has again placed the onus for all conflicts in the Middle East solely on Israel and ruled that Judea and Samaria are prohibited from being included in any deals with the Jewish State.
Eugene Kontorovich, a legal scholar whose specialties include international law, published an op-ed in the NY Times that could stir up a backlash in Brussels. Kontorovich’s piece rebukes the EU Commission for breaking EU laws in its zeal to attack the Jewish State.
A day after the European Union voted to label products originating from Judea and Samaria, which infuriated Israelis across the political spectrum, the US administration came out in support of the EU position.
It is very surprising that in these times of extreme turmoil and instability in the Middle East while Israel is targeted by a wave of terrorism, the EU finds it appropriate to adopt highly political and controversial one-sided guidelines targeting Israel, the only stable democracy in the region.