Jun 29 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, blasted an adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas after his declared that ‘’wherever you find an Israeli, cut off his head.’’ Abu al-Einein, who is also a senior Fatah party official, made the comments in an interview with the Palestinian news site Donia al-Watan about building peaceful and normal relations with Israel. He explained …

Jun 29 '16 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) The formal annoucement of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey will see the two countries renew official diplomatic ties and exchange ambassadors next month. The agreement, which had been hinted at by diplomats for weeks following ongoing talks, ends a six-year feud between Jerusalem and Ankara – after years of warm relationship- that began with …

May 17 '16 / Geen categorie

Israel’s largest green organisation joins efforts to ease the refugee crisis in Europe, will provide employment to thousand Syrian refugees by overseeing forest rehabilitation. In Brussels, KKL-JNF World Chairman, Danny Atar revealed that his organization has responded to a major European country’s address for help and will, at a first stage, provide professional management services to to a forest rehabilitation project. BRUSSELS (EJP)—In order to help alleviate …

Mar 18 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel ranks 11th in the 2016 World Happiness Report of 156 countries following Denmark (number one), Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. It is two spots ahead of the United States. The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi. The United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and …

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 …

Mar 7 '16 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) Reports in the Turkish media suggested this week that talks Turkey and Israel are conducting since January in order to normalise their diplomatic relations are nearing an agreement. Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet wrote that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated, in a cabinet meeting attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that “Israel and Turkey will publish a …

Feb 25 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel condemned a statement made by Iran’s ambassador in Lebanon in which he announced that Iran would give financial support to Palestinian terrorists and their families. “This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in encouraging terrorism against Israel. Following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to be once again a central player in global …

Feb 23 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israeli authorities recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into the Gaza Strip. The drones were earmarked for use by “terrorist elements in Gaza” to gather intelligence on IDF movements, the Authority said. Crossings Authority inspectors, working together with the Shin Bet intelligence agency, stopped an Israeli truck carrying toys at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where drones of various types and sizes carrying high quality …

Feb 22 '16 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Senior Media Advisor Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) The Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement has suffered several setbacks in its campaign to deligitimize Israel. The British government announced Wednesday new regulations banning local authorities and public-sector organizations in Britain from boycotting Israeli suppliers. Violators could face severe penalties. The regulations state that, “Public procurement should never be used as a tool to boycott tenders from suppliers based …

Feb 9 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s cabinet has reportedly approved, in principle, an increase of 30,000 work permits for West Bank Palestinians wishing to work in Israel in order to help reduce violence. First reported by Haaretz, but since covered by multiple Israeli media outlets, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, coordinator of government activity in the territories, are thought to have presented the plan to the cabinet. Ya’alon …

Feb 2 '16 / EIPA Updates

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “alarm” at Hamas’s pledge to keep building terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel and to advance the development of rockets to fire at the Jewish state. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief said remarks and actions like those undertaken by Hamas do “serious disservice” to Gaza’s population, and endanger efforts to rebuild the coastal …

Jan 11 '16 / EIPA Updates

Six members of a Hamas cell in Jerusalem and Hebron planning to kidnap and murder an Israeli civilian in order to exchange the body for Palestinian prisoners have been arrested, the IDF, Shin Bet and Israel Police announced. “This case reconfirms that Hamas still aspires to carry out serious terror attacks, even now, in order to further egg on the recent wave of terror into a …

Jan 6 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s National Council for Building and Planning has approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initiative to establish a new Druze town in the north of the country. The decision to establish the Druze town was taken with the support of the heads of the Druze authorities and Druze religious councils, as well as the backing of Ayoob Kara, Deputy Minister for the development of the Druze and …

Dec 16 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week announced the appointment of Yossi Cohen, currently the National Security Advisor since 2013, as new head of Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, after a charismatic career. The nomination was approved by the advisory committee on senior appointments and positions  which is headed by a former Supreme Court Justice. Cohen will replace outgoing Mossad director Tamir Pardo, who will …

Dec 9 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli customs office employees in the port of Haifa have prevented a smuggling attempt that entailed about 4,000 dolls depicting Palestinian stone throwers, which were apparently imported for the use of incitement against Israel. The dolls, which were seized on Tuesday, bear the colors of the Palestinian flag and feature captions in Arabic such as “Jerusalem is ours” and “Jerusalem, we are coming”. Their faces are …

Dec 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

Despite tensions in the Middle East, Israel and Jordan published a joint multi-million euros tender to deliver a major water-sharing project, which is designed to help meet the water needs of both countries and replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, which they both border, and supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians. The project, the largest jointly developed since the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan …

Nov 16 '15 / EIPA Updates

“It is time for states to condemn terrorism against us like they condemn terrorism anywhere else in the world,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he drew parallels between the massive attacks by Isis-linked terrorists that rocked Paris Friday and attacks against Israelis. The world that had rallied to condemn bloodshed in France must do so for Israel as well, he said at a weekly …

Nov 13 '15 / EIPA Updates

As part of the “Jordan-gate” project, which will see the establishment of a joint industrial zone between Israel and Jordan, Israel has issued a tender for the construction of a new bridge across the Jordan River which would connect it with its neighbor from the east, the Israeli Ministry for Regional Cooperation announced. A ministry statement said that the project, which is the first ever joint …

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 …