Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013
Naftali Bennett, Jewish Home party leader

Naftali Bennett, Jewish Home party leader

Israel’s Economy Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett wants to end co-operation with the European Union, Haaretz has reported.

The suggestion comes as a response to new EU guidelines that advise against co-operation with Israeli bodies that are located beyond the Green Line or that have ties with settlements.

Mr Bennett’s thoughts were made known at a meeting on Monday where the impact of the new rules were discussed, Haaretz said.

Haaretz wrote: “Though Bennett wasn’t present at the meeting, he made it clear that he believed the right thing to do was end all co-operation with the European Union.”

Israel currently co-operates with the EU in a research and development programme and is in discussions over whether to continue to do so. Israel is expected to be a net recipient of £250 million if it participates in the new EU Horizon 2020 programme.

The Economy Ministry is expected to present its view on the subject to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a few days’ time.

Last updated: 4:35pm, August 6 2013