Israel: Frustration with EU's Policies on Rise

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Israeli diplomatic officials are increasingly frustrated by what they see as the EU's pro-Palestinian tilt. While the EU talks about labeling products from the settlements, or about Palestinian hunger strikers, it is unable to call Hizbullah a terrorist organization and was slow in condemning Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's recent characterization of Zionism as a crime against humanity. "When it comes to Israel they are very vocal," one senior official said. "When it comes to the Palestinians, they are very timid." Brussels' one-sided tilt, the official said, was reflected last week when the annual report of EU consuls-general in Jerusalem and Ramallah - a report that year after year slams Israeli polices - was leaked to the press. "Every year they put out a report that is critical of Israel, even though their mandate is to strengthen ties with the PA. They never issue a report on problems inside the PA - the misuse of funds, human rights abuses there. Only on Israel."

2013-03-08 00:00:00

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