Israel Wary Of EU Plans


Israeli diplomats are warily regarding the next European Union move in Mideast peacemaking, after a leaked internal document showed that the EU will be taking steps to prevent further building over the Green Line, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

The EU wants to open talks with Israel in order to head off plans for construction, and Foreign Ministry officials are concerned that such negotiations will lead to additional sanctions against Israel.

A recent Israeli appropriation of 1,000 acres in Gush Etzion and annonced plans for housing construction in Givat Hamatos, a neighborhood beyond the Green Line, prompted a sharp message from Brussels warning that such decisions create a “focused and increasing threat to the possibility of the two-state solution.”

The EU’s ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, is expected to meet in the coming days with Foreign Ministry Director Nissim Ben Sheetrit and with national security advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office Yossi Cohen to broach the matter of negotiations.