Limited Diplomatic Fallout Seen for Israel in Wake of Proposed West Bank Moves

(AFP-France24) Yoel Guzansky, a senior fellow at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, told AFP that regardless of any steps Israel may take to extend Israeli law in parts of the West Bank, "I don't think the secret intelligence cooperation [with the Gulf States] will cease," noting that common foe Iran "isn't going anywhere." The EU, Israel's top economic partner, has in recent weeks mounted a diplomatic campaign against any such Israeli moves. But the bloc cannot threaten Israel with formal sanctions, as those require unanimous support among members. A European diplomat told AFP that any response against Israel will be weighed against the possible loss of access to Israeli technology, including related to security, which is highly valued by some EU members. "We need the Israelis, but not the Palestinians," he said.

2020-07-02 00:00:00

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