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EU: If Netanyahu Builds in Jerusalem, We’ll Back PA in Hague

But Israeli's clandestine security chief says Abbas has no interest in a final peace agreement.
Construction continues in East Jerusalem, which seems to upset the EU. But estimates in Israel are that Abbas is far from ready to complete the peace process.

Construction continues in East Jerusalem, which seems to upset the EU. But estimates in Israel are that Abbas is far from ready to complete the peace process.
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Europe is ready to boost efforts by the Palestinians in the UN in general and the International Criminal Court in the Hague in particular, if efforts to renew the political process fail due to continued “settlement construction.” This blunt message was passed by senior European diplomats to the prime minister’s office, according to Ma’ariv.

The background to the reported threat is a feeling among some European countries, that the Israeli government’s recent decisions, especially the finalized plans to build 300 housing units in Ramot and Gilo in East Jerusalem, constitute a threat to the prospects of the peace process and undermine the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry. the Europeans made it clear that continuing this policy would damage the EU’s support for Israel.

Senior Israeli officials told Ma’ariv that the Europeans warned them that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is expected to resume the Palestinian campaign for a unilateral UN recognition, if Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria isn’t stopped. They also threatened that Europe would increase efforts to label products made in the settlements.

Abbas has pledged to Secretary Kerry to suspend Palestinian moves at the UN until the U.S. efforts to renew the peace process have been maximized. Concurrently, Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged to curb settlement construction, but the Europeans complain that he is not keeping his promise.

The assessment currently prevailing inside the political powers in Israel, is that Abbas is not interested at all in reaching a permanent peace agreement. GSS (Shin Bet) chief Yoram Cohen believes that Abbas has no incentive to renew the political process, Ma’ariv reported on Wednesday.

The news about the Cohen assessment was received with predictable reactions in the Knesset yesterday, with the right saying they had known it all along, and the left accusing the secret police boss of trying to tilt the map in favor of the settlers.

Meanwhile, Israel’s foreign ministry has just issued a report showing that 22,500 Arabs are employed in the Jewish towns and villages of Judea and Samaria, taking home close to $275 million annually. It’s tough to get real figures on the PA’s GDP (wherever you look, you’re more likely to find optimistic predictions than real, hard numbers), but the generally accepted estimate hover around $4+ billion annually. The PA’s annual budget is about $2.75 billion, which means that 10 percent of this budget is supported by the Jewish settlements.

Also in terms of salaries – the average daily salary paid inside the PA is $23.73, according to the foreign ministry, while the settlements pay on average $44.72 per day.

This could be what sleuth master Yoram Cohen means when he says Abbas has little incentive to get rid of the Jewish settlements – they’re the geese that lay his golden shekels. And so, on the outside Abbas is all offended by the growth of Jewish settlements, but on the inside he keeps checking his bank account.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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14 Responses to “EU: If Netanyahu Builds in Jerusalem, We’ll Back PA in Hague”

  1. Stanley Ting says:

    EU loves terrorists

  2. “IF Netanyahu builds in Jerusalem…”??? What on earth does this mean? Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State. Of which, last I heard, Netanyahu is the legally-elected prime minister. What country is not allowed to build in its own capital?

    Also last I looked, Israel was not a member of the EU. SO HOW IN HECK DOES THE EU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT WHAT BUILDING GOES ON IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF ISRAEL?

  3. Next, we have the idle threats. The EU–which is at this very moment going down in surrender to the Islamic Conquest–threatens to recognize “Palestine”–a fraudulent non-entity, a figment of Yasser Arafat’s propagandistic imagination–so as to coerce Israel into joining it in surrender to Islam.

    Okay, that makes sense.

    Then, it refers to Israeli citizens as “settlers”–even though they have been living there for generations. Even though this is their own capital city. Even though Jerusalem is also the very heart of Judaism, built expressly by our Jewish forefathers as the center of our worship of the One Lord, for whose holy altar the Temple was built and the city around it, to honor Him.

    The Jewish People have been in Jerusalem from the time of Jerusalem’s birth. And now they’re “settlers”???

  4. Myriam Obadia says:

    If EU minded it's own business, it wouldn't in the current disastrous economic and social situation. At any rate, if Bibi doesn't build in Jerusalem, he won't last long as PM and will probably be replaced by a PM annexing Judea Samaria.

  5. Let them admit PA into EU. Then their economy and we’ll being is there problem.

  6. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Eretz Yisrael shelanu l'olam va'ed.
    MASADA will not fall again.

  7. Herman Rosen says:

    CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF CONCESSIONS FROM ISRAEL THAT THE PALESTINIANS WANT TO START THE TALKS A "PEACE PROCESS" IS D O A.
    IF ONE THINKS THAT ISRAEL WILL ALLOW A PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR.
    ARMED POLICE INTO JERUSALEM ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE IS NAIVE..ALL THIS.
    HUFFING ABOUT 300 HOUSING UNITS IS JUST ANOTHER MANIFESTATION OF.
    ANTI ISRAELI..ANTI SEMITIC SENTIMENT IN WESTERN EUROPE.
    IF HAMAS AND FATAH COMBINE INTO ONE GOVERNMENT (1/2 NAZI) THE PEACE.
    PROCESS GOES FROM TERMINAL TO DECEASED..
    EVEN LAPID A CENTRIST REALIZES THAT THE ISRAELI PUBLIC DO NOT WANT.
    PALESTINIANS IN JERUSALEM OR ANYWHERE IN ISRAEL..IF THERE IS A REFERENDUM.
    ON THIS PROBABLY 70+ % OF THE ISRAELI ELECTORATE WILL TURN A JERUSALEM PRESENCE OF HAMAS AND OR THE PLO..DREAM ON MR KERRY!

  8. Alan Kardon says:

    Europe showed its support for Jews in WW2. Suggest they get their act together before getting involved with Israel. Let them get the Arabs to recognize that Israel has a right to exist.

  9. If the EU does so – then Israel should cut off technology to the Eurotrash.

    Until they give up all their colonies and remove their millions of colonists from around the world they have no say in anything we do.

  10. Dvorah Bee says:

    Bibi seems to passively aggressively deal with our Arabs. But will this be enough when the world demands that we give up Judea and Samaria and begin globally boycotting us economically? After all , our strength lies in the economy, which is healthy compared to the rest of the world. Israel would be better off isolating herself from the world, they provide nothing which will strengthen Israel. As for Iron domes, this is a defensive strategy only, in the end Israel will need to act with courage and ruthlessness.

  11. Dvorah Bee says:

    Peace for Threats is the new Land for Peace- The only thing to do is return the threats with demands on ISrael's parts, we can play the game as well. In fact we can simply lock down the Arabs in the territories. We still control the borders.

  12. Yochanan Efráyim Hernandez says:

    How about, we stop building in Jerusalem if the EU stops building homes for their people in their countries. Otherwise, STAY OUT OF OUR BUSINESS! Here's an even better idea, let the EU give away land in their own country to the PA and establish a state. That will solve everything.

  13. Kenneth Mathews says:

    By all means BUILD! – May Hashem bless Jerusalem and all who lover her. May Hashem judge all men and nations that try to divide her or hinder her growth.

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