European nations: Don't do business in Israeli settlements

At least five
European nations warn companies, businessmen that activity beyond Green
Line is in violation of the law, Israeli ambassadors report

Itamar Eichner

Published: 08.25.13, 14:00 /,7340,L-3082,00.html

At least five European
nations have recently began warning companies and businessmen against
engaging in business activity in Israeli settlements
as they risk breaking local and international law, according to reports received by Israel's Foreign Ministry.

The countries mentioned by Israeli ambassadors include Britain,
Denmark, Holland and Sweden,
according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

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According to one report, one country's foreign office told a
company involved in trade beyond the Green Line that its actions are in
violation of local law and international law which stipulates that
settlements are illegal. The company is now considering dropping out of
the project but is also under pressure from Israel
to stay on board.

Sources at the Foreign Ministry said that other EU countries, as well
as the EU Commission, are considering issuing warnings advising
businessmen to avoid financial activity in Israeli territories beyond
the 1967 borders. However, they stressed that these warnings bear no
legal significance and are purely political.

Israel is currently engaged in negotiations with the EU for the Horizon 2020
project. The EU is pushing for the inclusion of a clause forcing
Israel to agree to exclude territories beyond the Green Line from the

Israel has said it will not sign such a clause but this would
entail the loss of hundreds of millions of euros in research funds.
State officials said Israel will eventfully comply as long as the EU
softens its language.


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