By Yori Yanover, The Jewish Press
This is a proper 9 B’Av story, not so much because it bears
destruction of some vital financial and cultural concerns for the
Jewish State, but because it will surely deepen the divide inside
Israel’s population, between left and right, or, more accurately,
between those inside the green line and those on the other side.
Some antisemitic expressions are visceral and spontaneous, and so make
it easier to regard them as part of the antisemite’s disturbed
personality and move on. But some, very much including the subject of
this story, are obviously the brainchildren of a committee, in this
case a collaboration between Israeli leftists and the most repugnant
elements inside the European Union.
Violating my own rule that the first one to mention the Holocaust in a
debate loses, I feel compelled to say that to start a pogrom all you
need is a bunch of peasants and a highly motivated priest, but to
start Auschwitz you need the Wannsee Conference.
Ha’aretz reported Tuesday morning that, on June 30, the European Union
has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding
any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or
prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in Judea and
Samaria and in East Jerusalem. In addition, the directive requires
that any future deal to be signed with Israel must include an item
that determines that the settlements are not part of sovereign Israel
and therefore are not part of the deal.
The new directive, disseminated by the European Commission–the
executive arm of the European Union–sets the parameters of cooperation
between the EU and its member countries and Israeli private and
governmental entities in the years 2014 through 2020. It is expected
to take effect this Friday, July 18.
A senior official in Jerusalem who spoke anonymously to Ha’aretz said
the new directive is dramatic and constitutes “an earthquake.” The
most significant part of the directive is the “territorial item” which
appears for the first time as a compulsory component in all deals
between Israel and the EU. The new item determines which areas inside
Israel are eligible to receive cooperation from the EU and which are
not. It determines that deals would pertain only to areas within the
EU-recognized, pre-1967 Israeli borders.
“This is the first time that such an official, explicit directive is
being disseminated by the EU institutions,” the senior official said.
“Until today there were understandings and there were tacit agreements
that the EU does not operate beyond the green line, but now they’ve
turned it into an official and binding prohibition.”
The anonymous senior official pointed out that although there are some
concrete ramifications to the new directive, its effect is mostly
political. It will mean a humiliating blow to any Israeli government
signing any contract with the EU or a member country, each time
stating for the record that Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem are
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