(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held two emergency consultations with senior ministers on Monday regarding the European Union’s directive on construction beyond Israel’s pre-1967 lines and its immediate implications for a major scientific cooperation program between Israel and the EU, Israel Hayom reported.
The meetings were held ahead of the EU’s deadline at the end of this week for Israel to sign new funding guidelines as a condition for joining the prestigious Horizon 2020 program, stating that only Israeli institutions within pre-1967 lines can join.
“If Israel accepts these terms we will face a problem later on,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said of the EU guidelines passed in July, which instruct EU member nations to limit or suspend economic, social, and academic cooperation with Israeli institutions operating beyond the pre-1967 lines. The guidelines go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Horizon 2020, the EU’s 108 billion scientific research and innovation program, is set to take place between 2014 and 2020.