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Brussels - EU Condemns Israel Over Settlements

Published on: December 10, 2012 01:08 PM
Last updated on: December 10, 2012 01:52 PM
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 Greek Foreign Minister Dimitrios Avramopoulos (front L) and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Czech Stefan Fule (R) during a foreign affairs council  at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 10 December 2012.  EPA Greek Foreign Minister Dimitrios Avramopoulos (front L) and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Czech Stefan Fule (R) during a foreign affairs council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 10 December 2012.  EPA

Brussels - The European Union expressed dismay on Monday over Israel’s plans to build settlements in a highly sensitive part of the West Bank, but spelled out no punitive measures in response.

After meeting in Brussels, foreign ministers of the 27 EU states said the Israeli plan would seriously undermine the prospects of successful peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The EU is deeply dismayed by and strongly opposes Israeli plans to expand settlements,” they said in a statement. “The EU will closely monitor the situation and its broader implications, and act accordingly.”

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The statement made no mention of what European governments could do to pressure Israel over the settlements, and diplomats said no concrete plans for sanctions were brought up during the discussions.

Deep divisions over how to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict mean sanctions or other concrete steps by EU states appear unlikely for now.

The EU ministers also criticized recent statements by a leader from the Islamist movement Hamas questioning Israel’s right to exist.

On Saturday, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told a mass rally in Gaza that he would never recognize Israel and pledged to “free the land of Palestine inch by inch”.

“The EU finds inflammatory statements by Hamas leaders that deny Israel’s right to exist unacceptable,” the ministers said.

Israel announced its new settlement plan shortly after the U.N. General Assembly upgraded the Palestinians’ status in the world body from “observer entity” to “non-member state”.

Palestinians said the settlements could cut them off from Jerusalem, their would-be capital.


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 Dec 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM rivin Says:

ווער פרעגט ענק?

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM VeyIzMir Says:

Anyone hear them condemn the palestinians for their role in terror? Their role in humane rights abuse? Their role in promoting hatred?

Thank you EU for your help in international affairs.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM Benabenja Says:

Reply to #2  
VeyIzMir Says:

Anyone hear them condemn the palestinians for their role in terror? Their role in humane rights abuse? Their role in promoting hatred?

Thank you EU for your help in international affairs.

The EU welcomes you :-)
What can you expect from Edom anyway?

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM Liepa Says:

The EU is as much a party to arab terror as the arabs themselves.
Due to exploding moslem populations across most EU countries their respective governments are beholden to their moslem citizens.
Even if they tried to be fair to Israel, which they never would, their moslem constituents would turn Piccadily Circus or/and Champs D'elysse etc. into a Tharir Square!

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM chosid Says:

They have slightly more credibility than the PA. Which is to say they have no credibility.

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM rivin Says:

Israel is a jewish state and will always be hated and will always outsmart there enimeis

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 Dec 10, 2012 at 07:17 PM GevalDigeh Says:

Reply to #3  
Benabenja Says:

The EU welcomes you :-)
What can you expect from Edom anyway?

Reply to number 3. It wouldn't even affect the conflict between israel and hezbalah. Get your facts straight rather than just bashing someone with comments. There is no room for idiots in this world

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 Dec 11, 2012 at 08:06 AM The-Macher Says:

I am not a Zionist by any means, and I believe Reb Yoilish's predictions will come true. However, the EU, members of which created and manned "Jewish settlements" called Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Chelmno, Dachau, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Terezin (among others), have no right to tell any Jew where to build. Many EU facilities undoubtedly stand on confiscated Jewish land.

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