European countries ’tilt’ towards Palestine

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The following article appeared on the Press TV website but is largely a commentary on one that appeared in the Jerusalem Post on Friday.

It appears that the Israeli government is getting increasingly frustrated with the shift towards Palestine that is being exhibited across Europe.

The Israeli government’s concerns are not without foundation. This week two more countries have made moves to upgrade Palestine’s official status:

  • Tuesday, March 5, Ma’an News Agency broke the news on that Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem, will be accredited as Turkey’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (full story here).

  • Thursday March 7, 2013; with an overwhelming vote of 299 to 20, the Swedish Parliament upgraded the status of the Palestinian representative office in the country to a full status, granting the mission the title of ’embassy’ (full story here).

The international isolation of Israel is progressing steadily. How long will the USA be willing to stand against the tide?

Father Dave

source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/08/292472/eus-propalestine-tilt-irks-israel/

Tel Aviv frustrated by EU’s pro-Palestine slant: Israeli official

An Israeli official says the Tel Tel Aviv frustrated by EU’s pro-Palestine slant: Israeli officiaviv regime has been increasingly frustrated over what it considers as the European Union’s pro-Palestinian tilt, a report says.

According to a report published by the Jerusalem Post on Friday, an unnamed Israeli official criticized the EU over its “negative” policy toward Tel Aviv.

The Israeli official said there was “no positive agenda between Israel and Brussels, only negative.”

“There are only sticks, no carrots,” the official stated, criticizing the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, for certain issues such as pushing the EU members on February 22 to enforce restrictions on products from the illegal Israeli settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Even the Netherlands, which is one of the strongest allies of Israel, followed Ashton’s advice and recommended that the business owners effectively label products from the Israeli settlements, the official said.

“When it comes to Israel they are very vocal. When it comes to the Palestinians, they are very timid.”

The Israeli official also pointed to the internal report by the EU heads of mission in al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Ramallah on February 27 which was leaked to the media.

The report said the EU programs should not be “used to support settlements and settlement-related activity, including funding for research, education or technological cooperation.” 

“Every year they put out a report that is critical of Israel, even though their mandate is to strengthen ties with the PA (Palestinian Authority),” the official stated. 

The Tel Aviv regime has increased its illegal settlement expansion following an upgrade of Palestine’s status at the UN to a non-member observer state on November 29, 2012. 

Many countries, including some of Tel Aviv’s allies, have condemned the Israeli plans to construct illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

On December 10, 2012, the 27-nation European nation said it was “deeply dismayed by and strongly opposes Israeli” plans to expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

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