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EU letter to Foreign Ministry harshly criticizes
HaAretz ^ | 2-21-03 | Aluf Benn

Posted on 02/21/2003 9:48:44 AM PST by geros

There has been a further deterioration in already tense relations between Israel and the European Union. EU ambassadors submitted to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Wednesday strongly-worded objections to IDF actions in the territories and were met with criticism on EU policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The letter of protest, which was submitted to the Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Ministry's Western Europe division, Victor Harel, censured IDF actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The letter also criticized the expropriation of Palestinian land for the construction of a separation fence between Israel and the West Bank, as well as the closure of universities and infringement of human rights in population centers in the territories.

A well-informed source in Jerusalem regarded the criticism as "one of the most serious that we have received in the recent past," and said that the EU worked on formulating the letter for three weeks, until it succeeded in coordinating between the various foreign ministries.

Harel rejected the European criticism and the letter's harsh wording, and in his response he attacked declaration made by EU leaders earlier in the week, which linked the crisis in Iraq to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He questioned why the Europeans praised Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on his intention to appoint a prime minister, but disregarded the measures taken by Israel, including the return of tax monies owed to the PA.

The Foreign Ministry views the European declaration with concern, and a well-informed source noted that Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller stated that the key to a European agreement on the Iraq crisis would be the inclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis in a statement issued by the EU.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretzdaily.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Israel
KEYWORDS: terrorism

1 posted on 02/21/2003 9:48:44 AM PST by geros
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To: geros
I Euronate on Eurabia, although I do not paeon them.
2 posted on 02/21/2003 9:53:17 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: geros
what a shame, demark won't support us....tisk, tisk.
3 posted on 02/21/2003 9:55:18 AM PST by ncooper777
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To: geros
The European continent continues its donward spiral toward irrelevance.
4 posted on 02/21/2003 9:58:27 AM PST by cardinal4 (Get the UN out of the US and get the US out of the UN!!)
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To: geros
The EU pays the palestinians. The palestinians have been told to insurrect.

The whole point is to provide a diversion that will derail the U.S.
5 posted on 02/21/2003 10:00:12 AM PST by xzins (It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set you FREE)
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To: geros
How many letters to Arafat protesting the murder of Israeli citizens by Terrorist from the PA territory?

None.
6 posted on 02/21/2003 10:00:46 AM PST by Leto
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To: geros
This has about as much relevance as a Berkley City Council referendum.......

Yaaawwwn.....

NeverGore
7 posted on 02/21/2003 10:02:15 AM PST by nevergore
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To: geros
Denmark is not on the UN Security Council, NATO defense of Turkey has been affirmed, and we don't are what the EU says, so Denmark doesn't have any leverage.
8 posted on 02/21/2003 10:04:38 AM PST by Starwind
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To: geros
The Europeans need to start minding their own business.
9 posted on 02/21/2003 10:04:49 AM PST by ConservativeConvert
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To: geros
The EU is as worthless and Socialist as the UN. Smart countries will flee this joke like it was a building on fire. It's only purpose is to crown Jacques king!
10 posted on 02/21/2003 10:07:07 AM PST by Highest Authority
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To: sheik yerbouty
LOL....creative . Or are ya just european on our leg ?

EU will soon disolve . Faster than ice on a griddle IMHO..... .

Stay Safe !

11 posted on 02/21/2003 10:07:17 AM PST by Squantos (If the speed limit is 75 mph, why are vehicles made to go 76 mph or faster ?........:o)
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To: geros
Isreal: EU must jump up our @ss
12 posted on 02/21/2003 10:11:16 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: Squantos
I more think of them as urine cakes, these days!
13 posted on 02/21/2003 10:11:33 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: geros
the EU worked on formulating the letter for three weeks

The Europeans wonder - they WONDER - why they lag the US in every measure of economics and technology. Here, they tie up some of their most sophisticated, well-paid minds to craft a document denying people the right to defend themselves, and take nearly a month to do it.

the key to a European agreement on the Iraq crisis would be the inclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis in a statement issued by the EU.

Yes. We can't liberate people in a police state, or cut the world's stock of madman-controlled WMDs without making Jews less secure. Nice to see they have their priorities straight.

14 posted on 02/21/2003 10:13:57 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: geros
No offense, but why did you provide the excerpt link when you've posted the full article? I went to the site to find out there was no more information there.
15 posted on 02/21/2003 10:18:56 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Freeper Caribbean Cruise May 31-June 6, Staterooms As Low As $610 Per Person For Entire Week!)
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To: geros
Evidently the EU as a whole agrees with the published goals of the middle-eastern nations who speak openly of the desire for a second holocaust and the destruction of Israel. Europe is a vast wasteland of non-existant moral ethics. One would think WWII would have awakened them from their stupor, but alas they weren't. I don't have very much respect for Europeans.
16 posted on 02/21/2003 10:23:33 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Freeper Caribbean Cruise May 31-June 6, Staterooms As Low As $610 Per Person For Entire Week!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
LOL....Here in Texas we call em Oklahoma Breath Mints.....:o)

Stay Safe !

17 posted on 02/21/2003 10:31:29 AM PST by Squantos (If the speed limit is 75 mph, why are vehicles made to go 76 mph or faster ?........:o)
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To: Squantos
ROFL!
18 posted on 02/21/2003 10:49:46 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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