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article imageIsraeli PM Netanyahu condemns EU policy on Israeli settlements

By Paul Iddon     Jul 16, 2013 in Politics
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the EU's new policy on Israel's West Bank settlements, suggesting they focus on more pressing issues, such as Syria.
Straits Times report that Netanyahu said his country "will not accept any external edicts" in regard to where its international borders should lie.
The new EU policy will see to EU-member states not trading or cooperating in any way with Israeli entities and settlements that exist beyond the frontiers Israel was confined to before the 1967 war. This in essence means no trade or commerce or business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Netanyahu also said, "As Israel's prime minister, I will not allow hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and our united capital of Jerusalem to be harmed."
The Times of Israel quotes a senior Israeli official who called the EU ruling unprecedented and an "earthquake" which will serve to transform present "understandings and quiet agreements the [European] Union does not work beyond the Green Line" into a "formal, binding policy."
Israel's Prime Minister's Office and Foreign Ministry are reportedly in "great tension and anxiety" when it comes to deciding how they will respond to this move that could fundamentally affect how it conducts its relations with 27-EU member states.
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