JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Both sides of
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks risk paying a high price in
losing European Union trade and aid if negotiations collapse,
the EU ambassador to Israel said on Wednesday.
For long seen as a “payer not a player” in the region, the
European Union has started making clear that its role as
Israel’s biggest trade partner and the Palestinians’ largest
donor should not be taken for granted.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed on Monday a growing chorus of alarm that Israeli business will face international isolation if peace talks with the Palestinians fail.
Indicating rising friction within the government, Bennett urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore the warnings, saying an independent Palestine would become a haven for militants and represent a serious threat to Israeli stability.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday some European Union states had called in Israeli ambassadors to hear protests at Israel’s latest announcement of settlement-building and he criticized the move as “hypocritical”.
Last week, Israel issued tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, part of the territory Palestinians want for a state. Most countries deem Israel’s settlements illegal and an obstacle to peacemaking.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Islamist Hamas movement is probably not responsible for a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of Gaza where it rules, but will be made to suffer if the salvoes continue, a senior Israeli military official said.
The official, who declined to be named, said Hamas should intervene to squash the violence, which he blamed on smaller militant groups backed by Iran.