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Hitting Back: Israel Threatens EU Prestige and Success with Pullout

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In response to the EU directive that attacked Israel’s sovereign rights and claims over the land of Israel, Israel has taken its first retaliatory step.

According to a report in Ma’ariv, Israel has threatened to pull out of the EU’s massive science and technology project, “Horizon 2020″.

Israel is the only non-European full partner in the project, and is supposed to invest 600 million Euro (785 million US dollars) in the project over 7 years.

Besides the financial hit the EU project would take as a result, the move would be a serious blow to the project’s prestige and success. Israel is a central partner in the projects that Horizon 2020 undertakes, and part of these project’s successes are dependent on Israeli human resources and research.

When announcing their anti-Israeli directive, the EU thought they had Israel over the barrel, but the EU overestimated their power, as Israel clearly has plenty of powerful ammunition it can fire back in return.


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94 Responses to “Hitting Back: Israel Threatens EU Prestige and Success with Pullout”

  1. I applaud Israel's actions, they need to do more of this. Not just in this case with the EU, but in similar cases as well. In order to clear up any misunderstanding that Judea and Samaria is a part of Israel, I would permanently annex it.

  2. Lynne Marton says:

    This is not a tough one – and it's the only way to make them understand what they have done.They think they are all-powerful? Israel has to hit them where it will affect them the hardest! And that's with money and Horizon 2020! And then annex Judea and Samaria.

  3. The EU is stupidly losing all credibility! This is now the 2nd time that they abrogate the Oslo agreements (to which they are a signatory). Obviously the EU doesn't respect signed agreements! Why should Israel trust the EU?

  4. Horizon 2020 is an 80 billion euro research program, that is, Israel is an insignificant part of that program.

    Anyway, the way Europe invest in science is to do resource pooling to establish large scale best in the world research infrastructure. That has for instance been done with success via the ESFRI roadmap process were memberstates are making volountarily contributions in order to:
    1) secure the location of research facilities within that memberstate.
    2) secure access for it's country's researchers to specific research facilities in other member states.
    Reason; modern research facilities are so expensive that it is to expensive for one country, even for large countries like Germany, Britain and France to construct all the high tech facilities they would like.
    Basically, Europe has decided it wants the best and most advanced research facilities in the world.

    Also worth pointing out:
    EU28 is a bigger economy compared to USA, the eurozone is having a current account surplus and USA is having a current account deficit.

    Europe is already significantly annoyed at USA due to the NSA spying and Europe is simultaneously beginning to ask the question if the presence of US soldiers give sufficient extra defense compared to the disadvantages:

    During the cold war did USA have approximately 300000 soldiers in Europe. That number is now approximately 60000 and it's schedules to rapidly fall. Combine that with USA having a tendency to use it's bases as spying hubs against Europe and as forward deployed rapid response bases for intervention for actions in the middle-east, north-africa and parts of asia there frequently runs counter to European wishes and you have a situation were Europe is increasingly prepared to risk significant damage to trade and alliance relations with USA if USA fails to change it's behaviour.

    Europe is annoyed with USA having given so much support to Israel despite the settlements and it is worth pointing out:

    Israel is an economic nobody compared to EU28 (the worlds largest economy and with an eurozone enjoying a huge current account surplus).
    Europe do have a nice current account surplus versus Israel, but the trade to Israel is an insignificant share of Europes foreign trade.
    (we are after all a region with 500 million inhabitants.)

    My guess is, that it is no coincidence that we are now seeing this new EU guideline. I suspect it is just another signal to USA in the ongoing NSA discussions and FTA negotiations that USA will face a huge amount of critical problems if USA fails to change it's behaviou in issues affecting vital European interests.

  5. Sam Siddiqui says:

    Israel approves of boycotting EU. So EU should also approve of boycotting Israel – that's only fair.

  6. It seems to me, that it would be popular with many European voters to reduce trade and research ties with Israel unless Israel abandons the settlements in the occupied territories
    Seems to me, that kicking Israel out of the Horizon 2020 program is one of many potential future European escalations if Israel fails to comply with European wishes and interests regarding the occupied territories

  7. Israel is a technology leader and people don’t realize it enough. Bring it to their attention!

  8. With the withdrawal of US forces from Europe, that is withdrawal of the forward deployed rapid response forces and the logistical support infrastructure will USA increasingly be dependent upon convincing EU memberstates to intervene in Africa and the middle-east if US interests are being threatened.
    Worth mentioning that most of the Libya campaign and the mali campaign was military actions conducted by European NATO members.

    Worth mentioning, that USA had almost 300000 soldiers in Europe during the cold war, that has now been reduced to 60000 and lots of additional withdrawals are scheduled for the next few years.

    Seems to me, that Europe could succesfully demand significant changes to US politics regarding Israel when USA have a need for Europe to intervene in the Middleeast or North Africa.

  9. Tom Dunne says:

    THE E.U. HAS FAILED,WHY SHOULD ISRAEL BUY INTO FAILURE?

  10. sorry for the non tech. words.

  11. Ilana Fine Bar-Hai says:

    of couse israel has plenty of ammunition and should use it. We are so tired of all the lies and tiwsts, hypocrisy and hatred coming from EU and Anti Israel activists (some of whom are even terrorists or support them).

  12. Helen Andersen says:

    Great. Isreal are always in my prayers. Its high time Israel hit back.

  13. Hey Danish hyper-arrogant pompous antisemitic degenerate prick! Over at ToI I couldn't relay my reply to you because of some unrelated problem. Now here I do. 1. your English is simply horrible, i.e.: you make plenty of basic grammatical errors. Hardly intellectual stuff in an of itself. 2. "Hey Gustav Niemand, the only thing you "forgot" to mention is the teeny-weeny fact that Denmark's economy is in tell it after me in *RECESSION* for at elast a good while now, like some 2 years at least. As opposed to Israel, well, it's basically on another planet in terms of GDP growth, the most important economic indicator by far! Your carefuly hiding behind "current account surpluses" is not overly important – not even credible by the way – in light of the fact of DK's miserable, horrible economic growth rate (rather slum rate). And on top of that, the proespects are not much better, either. However, I would be extremely curious to know how do you relate to the very tangible and embarrassing situation that in Odense and elsewhere in the country Islamic marauders are terrorising native Danes, Danish families out of their very own homes by constant harassing, burglary, beatings and various other assorted terror-methods? What was that you said about your valiant country, heh? And then I didn't even mention the situation on your streets whereby Danes have practically the oldest and most obsolete car park in the whole wider Western European sphere making them a veritable laughing stock with their many 15-20 year old cars everywhere. It's a colossal joke as a Swedish friend of mind told me… Ouch, truth hurts pseudo-intelligent antisemitic buffoon, doesn't it!"

  14. If you think that Europe has even an inch of leverage on account of your hairbrained vision you describe here, you are more stupid I thought. So you think that Europe's tool vis-á-vis IL through the US is its puny, meagre forces compared to America in general. Us's support of Israel is in a large part a function of its domestic environement and not liable to either change or be subjected to the generally deep-seeted despicable antisemitism of Eurotrash.

  15. EU is an Bolshevik theatre. It is very like our ex Yugoslavia in most of her behaviors…and so will be her end. EU is nothing more than a branch office of World bank and IMF, executing their dirty plans via so called democracy. It is only an instrument of dirty finacial capital and its world wide hegemony. It wont last long. Israel has made itself a victim of that same unscrupulous manipulative games. You cant have rough sex and stay a virgine. Lechaim ;-)

  16. Gustav Uffe Nymand It "seems" to you leftist degenerate moron. It "seems". Coming from a country which has an illegitimate government to start with, if we want to scrap the surface a bit. Meaning: with only the votes of the Islamofascist masses could the current governing coalition get into the position of forming a coalition gov't. Reports say 3 weeks after eelction the far-left antisemitic current government with a German Natzi woman at the helm (since when Schmidt a Danish name?????????) already lost popular support…

  17. Avigail Frij says:

    It's about time we (Israel) showed some backbone.

  18. THE ONLY TRUE GOD IN THE LAND HE GAVE US…THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS NO RIGHT TO DICTATE REGARDING OUR LAND…MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING SO WELL, MANY NATIONS BANKRUPT AND OTHERS GETTING RICH….SO ISRAEL TO DO WHATEVER WE HAVE TO DO. ONE NATION UNDIVIDED UNDER G-D WITH JERUSALEM ITS ONLY CAPITAL. DEMOLISH THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND BUILD OUR THIRD TEMPLE!

  19. THE ONLY TRUE GOD IN THE LAND HE GAVE US…THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS NO RIGHT TO DICTATE REGARDING OUR LAND…MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING SO WELL, MANY NATIONS BANKRUPT AND OTHERS GETTING RICH….SO ISRAEL TO DO WHATEVER WE HAVE TO DO. ONE NATION UNDIVIDED UNDER G-D WITH JERUSALEM ITS ONLY CAPITAL. DEMOLISH THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND BUILD OUR THIRD TEMPLE!

  20. Abe Teper says:

    Gustav has things backwards, besides being ignorant. Israel is threatening to leave the program, not the other way around. Beside the point, since when is Europe’s becoming a moral beacon for the world. History proves Europe as a whole should back down, respect Israel, and take care of all their own issues. Israel should never ever "obey" Europeans wishes.

  21. Chris Landry says:

    The EU is broke and biting the hand that feeds it.

  22. Shmaryahu Minischevits says:

    Finally, glad to see the shot to the EU's overinflated ego!

  23. Anonymous says:

    They will build it right next door and soon…

  24. Marsha Roth says:

    It's wonderful to read all the supportive comments! Thank you for all your comments!

  25. Liz Wagner says:

    Hallelujah! If only Israel would assert itself like this more often!

  26. Israel should boycott fro the EU its medical advances especially its 90% of all world advances in blindess as you fall into this category. Nearly 1/2 of all generic medicine is made in Israel when this is complete your hospital will end their value.

  27. Merrilee Morrison-Cotter says:

    Good for Israel! The EU is so arrogant it can't see past the end of its nose to read real history!

  28. Merrilee Morrison-Cotter says:

    Thumbs down.
    EU is bigoted.

  29. Mary Adams Smith says:

    Hallelujah! God always reigns!

  30. Mary Adams Smith says:

    Hallelujah! God always reigns!

  31. Allen Thornburgh says:

    Why would EU think that Israel has no sovereign rights over their country? That is nuts!

  32. Hpela says:

    Any more whittling away, will there even be a state of Israel? Maybe that is the purpose, no?

  33. Hpela says:

    Perhaps the concillation will have to be that when Moshiach comes, all things will be set to order. Whether anyone likes it or not.

  34. Bonnie Moore says:

    The threats to pull funds from Israel I find to be laughable, considering the direction the country is headed with all her natural resources and such. Let them keep their money and let Israel keep her lands! Hang tough, Bibi, Yahweh has your back! <3

  35. Bonnie Moore says:

    Yay Portlander! :D I'm in Tigard ;)

  36. HURRAH! to you Bibi and Israel.

  37. By all means cancel your involvement and further estrange relations with Europe, since Europe needs to understand the real problem of dealing with Zionists, i.e. they only back down when left no other option. Cut all trade with Israel and see how long the Israeli economy can survive.

  38. Not enough. Remove them from their embassies in Israel, prevent them from sending money to any Left organizations and Left politicians to sabotage Israel further. Enact the Judge Levi report at once, close the entrance to Temple Mount to the uncivilized Islamists and remove all vestiges of the Vatican's activities in Israel. The EU has messed with Jews for way too long…time for payback.

  39. Not enough. Remove them from their embassies in Israel, prevent them from sending money to any Left organizations and Left politicians to sabotage Israel further. Enact the Judge Levi report at once, close the entrance to Temple Mount to the uncivilized Islamists and remove all vestiges of the Vatican's activities in Israel. The EU has messed with Jews for way too long…time for payback.

  40. Myriam Obadia says:

    Considering that the EU is less and less economically relevant while China is more and more and considering that Israel has excellent commercial agreements with both China and India, do you really think the EU should challenge Israel over a non-issue? Israel has already said it's willing to negotiate on the status of the disputed territories, but only during direct negotiations with the PA and without preconditions, why can't the EU encourage the PA to negotiate instead on continuously menacing and boycotting Israel? France especially should remember the final result of its 1967 Embargo against Israel.

  41. Myriam Obadia says:

    Sam, aren't you taking it backwards? The EU is boycotting Israel and Israel is retaliating. Read the News, not what you wish them to be.

  42. Myriam Obadia says:

    Gustav Uffe Nymand It seems to me that Israel would never had been invited to participate in Horizon 2020 if it weren't the provider of both the technology and the 600 Million Euros so badly needed by the 1/2 bankrupt EU. We Israelis are perfectly aware of the dislike European populations have for us. We are also perfectly aware that, were the population given the actual data regarding the Middle East, instead of governmental propaganda, the preponderant opinion would be quite different.

  43. Myriam Obadia says:

    The rise of China indeed! Are you aware that China has cancelled many contracts with the EU in order to replace them with contract with Israel (better tech advances, lower cost, faster reactive and productive timing)

  44. finally some sense. now the only thing left is burying any terrorist remains with a nice piece of bacon, and we're done with terrorism.

  45. At last Israel is no longer intimidated. Better watch out EU sidelining Israel.

  46. Mrnice Guy says:

    Finely EU to a step in to the right direction, by putting this ZIONIST state in his place.

  47. Mrnice Guy says:

    Israeli state is a kind of embassy of the west in the middle east, so they should take this embassy out of that area then there ill be peace in the world.

  48. Mrnice Guy says:

    they should boycott every deal every business with Jewish state, creation of this state was the biggest mistake in the history, now it is like incurable cancer in the world.
    what kind of logic it is , some white European killed some million of their own people (Jews) and then they decide to give those victims some one ells house. Lets go to root cause of the problem, creation of Israel!!! Arabs didn't cause holocaust Palestinian were not in those camps in Poland and Germany, of course Jews has right to live right live like every other human and they have right to have a state, BUT not in that part of the world, they can have state south of Germany Bavaria they can have state in west of Poland or UN can give them the whole of Green land or Canada, but not the ARAB land not a Muslim land , because Muslim has nothing to do with holocaust.

  49. Ralph Haglund says:

    EU gets much energy from North Africa, that Obama has filled with terrorists, more and more unsafe. Most of the usual oil sources have reached their peak including Norway. When Israel is just starting. Gas from Russia is unsafe. When EU comes creeping, I hope they will get a chock – Australia has sold all excess gas to Asia. Sooner or later our unelected EU-bosses will sit on their flat asses and start to think, ha.

  50. Chaya Barkai says:

    Great Israel. Finaly we stand up for who we are and what we are suppose to be.

  51. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Good move on our part!

  52. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Dvorah Bee – check out this article.

  53. Dvorah Bee says:

    I am happy :)

  54. Dvorah Bee says:

    Its about time we turn things around- turn about is fair play. Fight fire with fire

  55. Dvorah Bee says:

    That is my philopsohy on dealing with enemies, bullies, Jew haters, etc

  56. Let these Jew-hating Europeans look to the Arabs for technology: wire-cutters for female genital mutilation.

  57. Benny Gamal says:

    EU, what the heck does that stand for…
    European Useless?

  58. Awww too bad Europe can't use our jewish brains and loads of cash too their benefit

  59. I wouldn't even waste yummy bacon on them!

  60. Gustav Uffe Nymand: You either don't know history or live in a barrel of herring. Israel is not an aggressor. Nobody forced Jordan to partake in the 6 day war in 67. They tried, they lost, it's over. Will France give back the German territories? Yeah those where Riesling wine is made…

  61. A person and/or a Nation can NOT mess with the Promises made by the Creator, Y H V H, as one day all will need to give an account as how they (person or Nation) treated the first born, ISRAEL.

  62. true, because then all the arabs can kill eachother freely, because nobody cares if they do anyway. I see that you are totally obsessed with jews and israel. maybe you want to convert?

  63. Yossi Friedman hehe. . .they'll never have the brains of jews! not gonna happen! :)

  64. nah. . . let's keep it tit for tat. . .more interesting that way. . .

  65. stan m: truth be told–eretz yisrael does not need European trade to prosper, let alone survive. . .yisrael has nothing in Europe but cemeteries, both marked and unmarked. . .

  66. Sam Siddiqui

    Wake up you idiot

  67. Has Islam not taken over Norway?
    Seems like you will enjoy sharia law. Good luck

  68. Please list all the EU countries, so that the world will be able to travel to other countries.
    Who needs the EU?
    And who is the President of the EU?

  69. Terrye Kuper says:

    It is time the world realizes the great contribution Israel makes

  70. Mrnice Guy says:

    well, even if the Arab kill each other or love each other still, for the sake of peace in the region and the world at large , the world should peacefully dismantle this Zionist state, and bring those innocent Jews to safe par of the world, who has nothing what so ever to do with Rothschild Zionist plans. I have no obsession with Jew but with Justice. Justice of those innocent Palestinian Arabs and for those peace loving Jews who just want to live there daily life and they have no sinister agenda.

  71. israel should not be in europe market, its part of middle east, they have nothing to barta with, accept palastinians stolen fruits.

  72. It's time for us to boycott Europe. Let the bastion of anti-semitism go down the drain.

  73. Ralph Lacher says:

    Mrnice Guy maybe you could show us the 'innocent Palestinian Arabs' – I just can't seem to find them. If they atren't launching rockets or suicide bombers, they aren't stopping them either. Jews have been in Isreal for thousands of years. I don't think they are going anyplace.

  74. Shame on the EU! The EU is being held hostage to Arab Oil!

  75. Shea Hecht says:

    Excellent! Now let them really do it!

  76. Tony Jacobs says:

    Who was the last king of Fakestine, I mean Palestine? What language did the Palestinians speak, that made them distinct from the Arabs of Lebanon or Syria? Name a Palestinian author from before 1920? What system/s of government were/was used in Palestine?

  77. Tony Jacobs says:

    How about insisting that any Arab goods sold through Israel are labelled as produced in the disputed territories? Only fair to treat people the same. Or is the EU asking for discrimination against Jews?

  78. Tony Jacobs says:

    The EU will soon be begging Israel for gas. If Israel sells to them, they can power their factories so they'll earn enough money to buy Israeli medicines. Israel is trading with India and China as an equal, while even the US is borrowing from them. EU is nearly bankrupt and will soon fall apart.

  79. Murray Freedman says:

    Tony, you are 100% right. I think we should demonstate for that -otherwise it's – (dirty word to bureaucrats) – DISCRIMINATORY!!!

  80. Christian Schiffer says:

    Close EU embassies, arrest all EU officials in Israel, cease EU properties in Israel and bulldoze the catholic churches as a start.

    This is a hidden declaration of war and should be treated as such.

  81. Christian Schiffer says:

    Close EU embassies, arrest all EU officials in Israel, cease EU properties in Israel and bulldoze the catholic churches as a start.

    This is a hidden declaration of war and should be treated as such.

  82. Christian Schiffer says:

    Close EU embassies, arrest all EU officials in Israel, cease EU properties in Israel and bulldoze the catholic churches as a start.

    This is a hidden declaration of war and should be treated as such.

  83. Philip M. Gardner says:

    Israel should pull out anyways.

  84. Philip M. Gardner says:

    The EU will attempt to strong arm Israel again obviously. And Israel shouldn't stand for it. The EU should pay for this in some way.

  85. Eva Feld says:

    Hey hey Israel. Time to roar at the European Union and they are listening, they had better. Israel can go at it alone if it has to.

  86. Laura Shannon says:

    If the EU continues its anti-Israel policy Israel MUST have dignity and pullout. If that would be a huge scientific and financial blow to EU according to the article, the EU fully deserves it!!! Great article, Eitan. ♥ Love it. ♥ Thank you for posting.

  87. Mrnice Guy maybe you also blame Israel for Assad's massacres of his own people. And maybe you blame Israel for the troubles in Egypt. Or maybe you blame Sunnis killing Shiites on Israel. Or just maybe, you should blame Arabs for their racism, and uncontrollable violence which they spread around the world. When an Arab mother will love her children more than she hates the Jews, then maybe there will be peace.

  88. Mrnice Guy maybe you also blame Israel for Assad's massacres of his own people. And maybe you blame Israel for the troubles in Egypt. Or maybe you blame Sunnis killing Shiites on Israel. Or just maybe, you should blame Arabs for their racism, and uncontrollable violence which they spread around the world. When an Arab mother will love her children more than she hates the Jews, then maybe there will be peace.

  89. Stan Moorcroft, perhaps you should give up most of your modern belongings since they probably have components that were invented and made in Israel.

  90. Leah Sonsino says:

    so why does Turkey want to be in the EU ? they are just around the corner from Israel, in their backyard practically ! still looking for the needle in the haystack ?

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