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Opinion: How to save the two-state solution

Observing the deadlock in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and arguing that this deadlock may lead to a renewal of violence, Anders Persson asks the question: what can the European Union do to help bring about a resolution of the conflict? The author advises for the EU to: a robust process of delegitimization of the … Continue reading

Palestinian Authority, battling debt crisis, raises taxes

The Palestinian Authority has approuved a plan to rise income tax to 20% in order to tackle its debt problem. The Palestinian Authority depends heavily on foreign aid by the United States, the European Union and other Arab states to pay the salaries of their public sector workers. In response to President Mahmoud Abbas quest … Continue reading

EU to keep paying new Hamas-linked government

Despite Hamas being designated a terrorist group by the European Union, Palestinian authorities will keep on receiving money from Europe despite the Fatah-Hamas unity government taking shape following the Doha declaration. “The EU looks forward to continuing its support, including through direct financial assistance, for a new Palestinian government that should uphold the principle of non-violence,” … Continue reading

EU calls Iran’s bluff on military threats and sets oil embargo for July

Foreign minister from European Union member states have agreed to set an embargo on Iranian oil starting in six months time. To force the Iranian regime to stop its alleged nuclear weapons program, the EU will stop importing oil and petroleum products from the Islamic Republic starting July 1. The time lag is meant to … Continue reading

Another day, another damning EU report on Israel

The European Union has renewed its accusation against Israel of trying to destroy the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state and of achieving peace through continued settlement building in East Jerusalem. A report by the EU mission to Ramallah in December 2011 said that “if current trends continue, the prospect of Jerusalem as the future capital … Continue reading

Iran warns of consequences if Arabs back oil sanctions

Gulf Arab states will suffer the consequences if they increase their production of crude to replace Iranian oil facing international embargo. Over the past weeks, European Union and United States have both taken steps towards a ban on Iranian oil; China has also become closer to Saudi Arabia, yet another sign of growing Iranian isolation. … Continue reading

EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian state

An internal EU report seen by The Independent argues that Israel is making it nearly impossible to obtain peace with the Palestinians. The report says “the window for a two-state solution is rapidly closing with the continued expansion of Israeli settlements and access restrictions for Palestinians in Area C [which] compromises crucial natural resources and land … Continue reading

EU agrees on Iran oil embargo

European governments have agreed in principle to impose a ban on imports of oil from Iran, a potentially serious blow to the already unsteady Iranian economy and a significant escalation in the international pressure on the Tehran government. The Guardian, United Kingdom Click here for the full story

Slamming of Europe stirs tempest in Israel

The Foreign Ministry’s statement on Wednesday slamming four European countries for their condemnation of Israel stirred a mini-tempest on Thursday… but in Israel, not Europe. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an Israel Radio interview, characterized the angry Foreign Ministry statement as an example of being right, but not smart. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full … Continue reading

Israel says European U.N. states’ criticism is wrong

Israel Wednesday said four European U.N. Security Council members should support a resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks because their criticism of the Jewish state could sideline them from negotiations. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

Secret EU paper aims to tackle Israel’s treatment of Arab minority

The European Union should consider Israel’s treatment of its Arab population a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel. This is an unprecedented document in that it deals with internal Israeli issues. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Interview: Abdullah Gül, Turkish President

Since the beginning of the crackdown in Syria, many defectors from Syria’s army have taken refuge in Turkey. Abdullah Gül, the Turkish President, supports the Syrian people’s demands for freedom. He says that he thinks Assad should move to a multiparty system, release all political prisoners and hold elections with international observers. Gül also mentioned a … Continue reading

European Union approves new sanctions against Iran and Syria

The European Union agreed to new sanctions against Iranian entities Thursday in the wake of a report alleging that Tehran had pressed ahead with its ambitions to build a nuclear weapon. EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, also increased sanctions on Syria to protest the ongoing crackdown by the Damascus regime on pro-democracy protesters. Los Angeles … Continue reading

Israel takes step toward curbing foreign funding for political nonprofit groups

Senior Israeli Cabinet ministers took a significant step Sunday toward curbing foreign funding for political not-for-profit organizations, a measure that opponents see as trying to muzzle dovish groups critical of the government. Associated Press, United States Click here for the full story

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Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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