Mar 18 '16 / EIPA Updates

The European Union has expressed interest in buying natural gas from Israel. Israeli National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz met with EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday to discuss possible export of newly found natural gas to Europe. According to a statement issued by the ministry, Steinitz updated the EU ambassador ‘’on the timeline regarding the development of gas reservoirs and the possibility …

Jan 20 '16 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) Israel makes a clear distinction between the EU itself and its member states. ‘’Our relationship and cooperation with the European states has been intensifying and growing as it is with other countries in the world,’’ said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he addressed the foreign press last week in Jerusalem. The problem, he said, is …

Dec 17 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Israel has responded to last month’s EU decision to issue guidelines for labelling  products from the West Bank and the Golan Heights, considered as “occupied territories” by the EU , by  saying the move was “politically motivated” as it discriminates against the products of one country, Israel, while there are some 200 territorial disputes around the world, such as in Western Sahara (occupied …

Nov 11 '15 / EIPA Updates

“While there are over 200 territorial disputes worldwide, the EU labeling guidelines discriminate only against Israel” EU ambassador summoned to foreign ministry to be reprimanded By Yossi Lempkowicz   The announcement Wednesday by the European Commission of the decision to label products manufactured in ‘’Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights,’’ has infuriated Israel which sees the measure as “discriminatory”, “a form …

Nov 4 '15 / EIPA Updates

“The move is discriminatory and does not in any way help the diplomatic process,”  By Yossi Lempkowicz At a time when Israel braces with a wave of daily Palestinian terror attacks against its population and as the Palestinian leadership refuses to hold direct talks with Israel, the European Union is set to publish next week new guidelines on the labeling of Israeli products produced over the pre-1967 …

Oct 21 '15 / EIPA Updates

In an interview with German daily BILD Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said the EU should stop payments to the Palestinians because of the current brutal wave of terror against Israelis. “The reason for this terror wave is the incitement and indoctrination of many Palestinians,” Shalom said. “The Palestinians get a lot of money from the EU. That should be stopped as long …

Sep 11 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli leaders from both sides of the political divide, sharply criticised a non-binding European Parliament vote of a resolution calling for labelling goods produced beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said that the move was a “discriminatory” and ‘’it has the smell of a boycott. The resolution on the European Union’s role in the Middle East, welcomes the EU’s commitment “in the spirit …

Aug 25 '15 / EIPA Updates

Wit its EU-funded invention of a portable “anaerobic digester” that turns kitchen waste and livestock manure into cooking and lighting gas, an Israeli start-up is making the lives of Palestinians in rural areas of the West Bank and Bedouin in the Negev desert easier and healthier. 40 portable digester generators designed by HomeBioGas, a start-up based in the Beit Yanai moshav in central Israel, are in use …

Aug 14 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s foreign ministry has warned the EU against flouting Israeli law by funding illegal Palestinian building in Area C of the West Bank. “We bring this issue up in almost every conversation we have with the Europeans,” said Aviv Shir-On, the foreign ministry’s Deputy Director General for European Affairs. He spoke on the issue during meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee sub-group on Judea and Samaria …

Jul 31 '15 / EIPA Updates

A spokesperson at the European External Action Service (EEAS) has confirmed that Interpol’s arrest warrant against a former Iranian Defence Minister, Ahmad Vahimi, sought for his alleged involvement in the bomb attack against a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994,  is still valid. The bomb attack against the headquarters of AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina), the country’s worst terror attack, claimed the lives of …

Jul 31 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) Will Benjamin Netanyahu address EU leaders in Brussels following a Cypriot initiative ? Will the EU play a role in reviving peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians ?   Will Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address EU leaders in Brussels for the first time as part of a new push by the international community to restart the peace …

Jul 29 '15 / EIPA Updates

The EU committed to remove former Iranian Defence Minister from sanctions list, Ahmad Vahidi is sought by Interpol for alleged role in Argentina’s worst terror attack The European Union has committed, under the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iran, to remove a former Iranian Defence Minister from its sanction list. Retired Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi is sought by Interpol for his alleged role in the …

Jul 23 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has begun a series of consultations with European foreign ministers, their deputies, and ambassadors of several European countries, in which she is presenting evidence that their governments provide financial assistance to NGOs that support boycotts against Israel. These organisations “actively blacken Israel’s name around the world, accuse it of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and war crimes; deprive the Jewish people of …

Jul 13 '15 / EIPA Updates

Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor at Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA)   With the U.S. Trade Promotion Authority signed into law, the EU must think twice before imposing discriminatory sanctions and restrictions against Israel, especially in the context of TTIP.  Last week, US President Barak Obama signed into law the sweeping Trade Promotion Authority, which includes an important new federal legislation, the United States-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act, …

May 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) Now that the new Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn in, the European Union’s top foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, is due to travel to Israel and the Palestinian Authority newt week for a brief visit aimed at pushing for the renewal of the peace talks between Israel and the …

May 13 '15 / EIPA Updates

Published on Parliament Magazine, Written by Yossi Lempkowicz on 12 May 2015 After forming a new coalition government, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was congratulated by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. The coalition has a slim majority of one seat (61 out of 120) in the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – which includes five parties: Likud (the prime minister’s party, which won 30 seats), Bayit Yehudi …

Apr 30 '15 / EIPA Updates

The European Union provides every year 300 million Euros to Palestine destined to intervene in the sectors of instruction, health and jobs but not all of these funds arrive at destination, according EU officials who spoke Wednesday in Strasbourg during a debate on EU funds for the Middle East,  in the European Parliament delegation for relations with Israel. According to Michael Doherty, of the European Commission’s …

Apr 29 '15 / EIPA Updates

This opinion piece by Dr Emmanuel Navon was published on the website of i24news, a news channel based in Israel. As Israel’s political parties were negotiating the guidelines of the next government coalition, the Likud party raised the issue of judicial reform with the intention of changing the way Supreme Court judges are appointed. While this is a domestic issue and a legitimate matter of debate …

Apr 17 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid described a call by 16 European Union Foreign Ministers, including those of France, Italy and Spain, to label products from the West Bank settlement as “irresponsible”. Yair Lapid, who was Finance Minister in the outgoing government, spoke by telephone with the EU’s foreign affairs chief Frederica Mogherini. “This is a de-facto call to boycott Israel,” Lapid said. “There is …

Mar 30 '15 / EIPA Updates

The European Union is keeping Hamas on its list of terror groups despite a controversial court decision last December ordering Brussels to remove the Islamist Palestinian group from the register. “Hamas stays on list during Council’s appeal to December judgement,” Susanne Kiefer, a spokeswoman for the European Council said on Twitter. Hamas’ military wing was added to the EU’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in …