Israel Stiffs EU in Response to Boycott
The European Union, which decided to end contact between the Union and any Israeli companies operating in Judea and Samaria, is now facing repercussions and complaining about it.
In response to the EU directive that forbid its members from cooperating, giving money, scholarships, or research grants to organizations in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered that any request from the European Union regarding Judea, Samaria, and Gaza be turned down.
A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Maja Kocijancic, responded to Yaalon by saying, "The EU is concerned by reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Minister of Defense has announced a number of restrictions affecting EU activities supporting the Palestinian people.”
She said, "We have not received any official communication from the Israeli authorities. Our delegations on the spot are seeking urgent clarifications.”
Just in the last week, several funding projects the EU wanted to implement in the Palestinian Authority have been nixed by Israel as well as eight requests by EU officials to travel into PA-assigned areas.