Posts Tagged ‘EU’


European Jews Hold Protest Meetings Against Iceland’s Proposed Circumcision Ban

editor 24 April 2018

By Benjamin Kerstein.. The controversy over Iceland’s proposed ban on circumcision has escalated, with prominent European rabbis and their supporters holding protest meetings in recent days in Reykjavik and Brussels. According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Conference of European Rabbis succeeded in attracting the support and attendance of American congressmen, representatives of EU institutions, doctors, and academics who support the practice of circumcision and oppose the ban. (more…)


EU Parliament Politicians Call For A Full Ban Of Hezbollah

editor 7 March 2018

By Benjamin Weinthall.. Some 60 MEPs demanded that the European Parliament designate the entire organization – and not just its military wing – as a terrorist organization. Members of the European Parliament sent a letter on Thursday (February 22, 2018) to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, urging her to classify all of the Lebanese organization Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. [Photo top right: EU Parliament Brussels | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


An Open Letter to the Foreign Minister of Slovenia

editor 3 February 2018

By David Harris.. Dear Minister Erjavec,

You are on record as calling for your country to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state as soon as possible.

In doing so, you said that you believe this will advance the prospects for peace in the region. But as a long-time supporter of the quest for a two-state agreement, I would respectfully ask you to reconsider your position. This is neither the time nor the way to move the parties closer to an accord. To the contrary, it will only make a daunting challenge still more so. [Photo top right: European Union flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


EU lawmakers grill visiting Iranian delegation on Holocaust denial, terror links

editor 25 January 2018

By JTA.. Tehran official dodges questions about ‘disturbing’ reports of regime spying on Israeli and Jewish targets in Germany. European Parliament members questioned a visiting group of Iranian parliamentarians about Iranian leaders’ Holocaust denial statements and threats. Jewish groups and Israeli politicians had criticized the European Union’s parliament for hosting Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who chairs the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran’s parliament, and his delegation for a two-day visit to the parliament in Brussels. [Photo top right: European Parliament Building Brussels].  (more…)


Abbas heads to Europe in bid to circumvent US in peace process

editor 23 January 2018

By Dov Lieber.. The Palestinian leader will be seeking money and recognition, and will try to launch a new international framework for statehood. On Monday (January 22, 2018), Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will head to Brussels, where he hopes to set out on a new path to Palestinian statehood, without the United States. After US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December (2017), the Palestinian leadership declared Washington could no longer fulfil the historic and central role in the peace process it has held for over two decades. [Photo top right: Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federical Mogherini | Photo credit: CIDI The Netherlands].  (more…)


PM In Brussels Told EU Will Not Advance New Peace Initiative

editor 13 December 2017

By Rina Bassist and Herb Keinon.. Huge gaps in view over Jerusalem on display during PM visit; Netanyahu says Europe countries will eventually move embassies to Jerusalem, Mogherini: ‘No they won’t’. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from Brussels on Monday (December 11, 2017) with assurances that despite sharp European opposition to US President Donald Trump’s announcement about Jerusalem, the EU will not be initiating a peace proposal of its own, but will wait to see where the US proposals go. [Photo top right: PM Netanyahu and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on December 11, 2017 | Photo credit: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg].  (more…)


Europe Remains Blind Because It Doesn’t Want To See

editor 29 August 2017

By Melanie Phillips.. In Budapest this week (July 18, 2017), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had an unintentionally revealing moment. On an open microphone, he was overheard condemning as “crazy” the EU’s insistence on resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer trade ties. European links with Israel, he said, would determine whether the EU would “live and thrive or shrivel and disappear.” [Photo top right: Israeli PM Netanyahu and Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán](more…)


In rare intervention, European Parliament President Tajani rebukes delegation for relations with Palestine for hosting relatives of convicted Palestinian terrorists

editor 18 July 2017

By European Jewish Press (EJP).. In a rare intervention into the activities of parliamentary delegations, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani [Photo top right], directly admonished the chairman of the parliament’s delegation for relations with Palestine (DPAL), MEP Neoklis Sylikiotis for offering a platform to relatives of convicted Palestinian terrorists. Tajani’s prompt intervention was in response to a letter addressed to him by 17 Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum, denouncing the delegation for hosting in Strasbourg as guest speakers relatives of two convicted terrorists, Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, under the pretext of discussing ‘’the situation of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails after the hunger strike.’’ (more…)


Netanyahu To Attend Central European Summit

editor 29 June 2017

By Herb Keinon.. Jerusalem continues outreach to subregional groups. PM Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Budapest next month (July 2017) for a meeting with the heads of the four central European countries that make up the Visegrad group, as Israel continues to try to build relationships with various regional subgroupings around the world. Netanyahu is expected to meet with the heads of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the summit on July 18-19, 2017. (more…)


Erdogan’s War on the West

editor 5 April 2017

By Burak Bekdil.. In 2005, the Turkish prime minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, became the co-chairs of a United Nations-sponsored global effort that went by the fancy name “Alliance of Civilizations.” Twelve years later, Zapatero is a retired politician, the Western world faces different flavors of Islamist-to-jihadist threats and Erdogan is at war with Western civilization. (more…)


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