Tag: Europe

The whole world heard Netanyahu’s commitment to two-state solution

Israel knows the importance of the role that Europe takes in trying to bring the tragedy of the 150-year-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to and end, President Reuven Rivlin told Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy on Thursday.   Rivlin was confident that the […]

While US scales back Mideast peace goals, Europeans talk of re-launching diplomacy

The US and Europe appear to be moving in different directions regarding the immediate future of the Mideast diplomatic process, with US President Barack Obama scaling back ambitions for a comprehensive deal while the Europeans continue talking in terms of an overarching agreement.   European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday in Brussels, […]

European leaders call for campaign of pressure on Netanyahu

The letter blamed “Palestinian disunity,” and, “Israel’s lack of interest,” as the reasons for the failure of the peace process so far before attacking Netanyahu specifically, saying, “We are convinced in our own minds that he has little intention of negotiating seriously for a two-state solution within the term of this incoming Israeli government.”   […]

Why the EU-US trade deal matters

There’s one big issue for the new UK government that stayed below the radar during the election campaign – trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States, known as TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.   The big political parties didn’t make much of it during the campaign. Both the Conservatives and […]

US, EU pressuring PA to renew peace talks with Israel

The Palestinian Authority leadership is under pressure from the international community to resume the peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official was quoted on Saturday as saying. The official told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the several countries have also expressed their desire to see a summit between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime […]

‘Obama mulls veto of French proposal for Palestinian state in UN Security Council’

US President Barack Obama has told associates that he intends to veto the French proposal for a UN Security Council resolution mandating the creation of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years, Channel 10 is reporting on Friday.   French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said this past March […]

NATO military exercises aim to send message of resolve to Russia

NATO countries are staging massive air, land and sea exercises across Russia’s northern borders this month in response to warnings from the Kremlin and strategic analysts that President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons are more than bluster.   The exercises in Estonia, Lithuania and Norway involve more than 21,000 troops and state-of-the-art military […]

France urges Palestinians not to execute suspects in Arafat’s death

France has demanded that the Palestinian Authority promise that it would not impose the death penalty on anyone found guilty of killing former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, a senior Fatah official said on Wednesday. Tawfik Tirawi, member of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the Palestinian commission of inquiry into the death of Arafat, […]

European Leaders to Take Part in Major Rabbinical Conference

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) has finalized preparations for its 29th conference to be held next Tuesday in Toulouse, France, timed to mark 70 years since the Nazi Third Reich surrendered in France.   Attending the conference will be around 200 of the leading rabbis and dayanim (rabbinical judges) in Europe, led by the Head of the European […]

Anti-Semitism and Israel’s moral imperative

Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like “gas the Jews” and “Jews burn best” are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings. While there is nothing to excuse or justify such hateful speech, some effort still needs to be made to understand why this is […]