European Union Denies Sanctions Plan

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Inside the European Parliament building in Brussels.
Inside the European Parliament building in Brussels.

The European Union (EU) denied it had any plans for sanctions against Israel as a result of recent announcements of building over the Green Line, AFP reported on Monday night.

There is “no plan of this type,” new EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said.

“I saw an article in Haaretz which apparently referred to an internal working document requested by some member states some time ago. They were only a working hypothesis, did not go to ministers and today they were absolutely not part of our discussion,” Mogherini told a press conference.

A statement issued after a foreign ministers meeting said that the 28-member bloc urges Israel to reverse these decisions which “run counter to international law and directly threaten the two-state solution.”

Rebuffing EU criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank on Sunday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in east Yerushalayim.

“We won’t accept any limitations on building in Jewish neighborhoods in Yerushalayim,” Lieberman told a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.