(July 1, 2020 / JNS) The Joint List, a group of predominantly Israeli Arab parties which ran together during Israel’s recent elections, have sent a letter to Josep Borell, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the chief foreign diplomat of the European Union, calling on him to take measures against Israel should it move ahead with plans to apply its sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria.
The letter, co-signed by all 15 Knesset members from the list, calls for the serious examination of all options, including to “make it clear [to Israel] that it will suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement.” The agreement provides the legal framework for E.U.-Israel relations, and deals with free trade arrangements and scientific, technological and cultural and cooperation.
The MKs also call in the letter for enforcement of regulations requiring labeling and singling out of goods which originate specifically from Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
Borell had written in Israeli newspapers on Tuesday that Israel’s “annexation” of territory in the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria will weaken E.U.-Israel ties.
“Europe and Israel are very close not only geographically, but also culturally and economically,” wrote Borrell. “There is a strong bond between Israel and Europe, and we want to strengthen this bond and further deepen our relations, not see them retract. However, this is what will inevitably happen if unilateral annexation goes ahead.”
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.