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EU Backs Off Condemning Settlements before Kerry Visits Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has succeeded in convincing the European Union to back off from passing another critical resolution of a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, an indication that the international community is losing its patience with the Palestinian Authority.

The Foreign Ministers were expected to adopt a critical resolution on Israeli settlement policy following their monthly meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, according to the European Jewish Press.

Instead, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told a press conference that ministers had simply “reaffirmed our commitment to the two-state solution.”

Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania reportedly called for the more moderate statement while Denmark and other critics of Israel lost their initiative for a sharper condemnation.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas are trying to put the other in the role of “bad boy” if U.S. Secretary of State John Kelly does not succeed in arranging for direct talks when he visits Israel later this week.

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3 Responses to “EU Backs Off Condemning Settlements before Kerry Visits Israel”

  1. Kerry should go home, loosing time and money.

  2. Abe Bird says:

    The only thing the Europeans can do is to interfere with the beginning of the talks. The only output of their policy is reinforcing the refusal strategy of Abu Abbas.

  3. If Kerry is so eager to have direct talks than Netanyahu should use that to his advantage by having some stipulations of his own. There will be no land given up. Judea and Samara will be permanently annexed to Israel. No further discussion of returning to the 67' boarders. In addition to the Palestinians having no legitimate right to any part of Jerusalem. If Netanyahu doesn't stop listening to people like Peres there will be nothing left of Israel to negotiate.

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