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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.

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