Despite a push from Luxembourg’s foreign minister and other officials urging the European Union to strongly oppose Israel’s planned application of sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, a Reuters investigation into internal documents and interviews with more than two-dozen diplomats and officials demonstrates that the European Union is divided on how to react.

Luxembourg’s Jean Asselborn wrote to other E.U. foreign ministers in December warning about the damage Israeli sovereignty would do to the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the report. Asselborn has also expressed concern about the potential damage to international law.

“We cannot cut international law into pieces. There are principles that need to be upheld,” Asselborn said in a telephone interview, according to the report.

However, a senior E.U. diplomat said there was not likely to be a clear, united E.U. position on the issue.

“It’s hell in the E.U. to try to get a common position on this,” said the diplomat, according to the report.

The E.U. states against Israeli sovereignty are Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Malta and Finland, while on the pro-Israel side are Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, Latvia, Cyprus and Poland, the report said, citing E.U. diplomats, cables and meeting transcripts.

France and Spain are siding against Israel, though not being as vocal about it, while Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy are in the middle.

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.