EU Foreign Affairs Council: Agreements with Israel only apply within 1967 borders

Council passes resolution Monday evening, insists it is not a boycott of Israel; France, Finland, Ireland & Sweden pressed proposal

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The foreign ministers of the European Union adopted a resolution that all future agreements made with Israel will only apply to the State of Israel pre-1967 borders with Palestinian territory.

 

The decision was made after several months of strict new policies from the European Union on labeling of goods made in from settlements, the new resolution an additional setback in Israel-EU relations. The proposal was made by the European External Action Service and was reportedly pressed as an important agenda item by Sweden, Ireland, Finland and France.

 

According to the resolution which was passed by the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, the “EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. This does not constitute a boycott of Israel, which the EU strongly opposes,” and that “The EU will continue to closely monitor developments on the ground and their broader implications and will consider further action in order to protect the viability of the two-state solution, which is constantly eroded by new facts on the ground.”

 

The resolution clarifies that all 28 European Union states will not conduct official diplomatic relations or made international agreements with Israel in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, and calls for “”a fundamental change of policy by Israel with regard to the occupied Palestinian territory.”

 

The Foreign Affairs Council clarified that the resolution is not intended to serve as a boycott of Israel, and that the decision to label settlement goods and resolution on diplomatic relations in Israeli territory up to the Green Line are not part of any boycott and that the European Union strongly opposes any boycott of Israel.