(JNS.org) The European Union plans to offer Israel upgraded trade and diplomatic relations in more than 60 areas at the annual EU-Israel Association Council in Brussels on Tuesday. Among the improvements, the EU plans to expand its relations with Israel in areas such as migration, energy and agriculture. It will also loosen restrictions in Israel’s access to EU markets and EU agencies such as Europol and the European Space Agency.
The EU will make the offer despite the fact that European foreign ministers have criticized the Jewish state’s role in the conflict with the Palestinians. However, the upgrade will still be less than the full spectrum of EU-Israel relations that were frozen after Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip in January 2009, the Guardian reported.