On Tuesday, July 16, the European Union dealt a severe blow to the Israeli settlement project by announcing that all future agreements between the EU and Israel must exclude Jewish colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
This new directive demands that “all 28 member states” stop all “funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.” Every place that’s been acquired by Israel since 1967 – including the Golan Heights, West Bank and East Jerusalem – are now considered, by the EU, beyond the accepted borders of the state of Israel.
This decision marks the EU’s recognition of Israel – backed by America – as a colonizing entity.
Every future deal between EU countries and Israel will require written acceptance from the nation acknowledging that the settlement territories will be exempt from such agreements.
A senior Israeli officials called this decision a “diplomatic earthquake,” while Economy Minister Naftali Bennett condemned the move as an “economic terror attack.” But Palestinians and their supporters see this as a game-changing sanction against the settlements in their territory.
“The EU decision is as much a slap in the face of Israel as it is a slap in the face of Washington,” writes Yousef Munayyer for Al Jazeera. “It is but the latest result of the widely held belief that American mediation is incapable of producing results when it comes to Israel-Palestinian peace. The message from Europe to Washington and Israel is simple and clear: we will not sit idly by as Palestine is gobbled up by Israel.”
Will the USA ever follow suit with the EU in issuing this kind of decision? Let’s ask ten American presidents their opinion on the settlements ...