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EU signals it may review boycott on Israel projects

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

The European Union has signalled that it may reassess its restrictive guidelines over co-operation with Israel as talks began this week on a fresh EU-Israel agreement.

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EU’s restrictive guidelines ‘have undermined peace’

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

Israel began a bilateral dialogue with the European Union this week over scientific co-operation while at odds with it over separate, new guidelines.

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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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Israel-EU row hits new heights

By Josh Jackman, August 8, 2013

Israel will not enter into agreements with the European Union unless the EU “clarifies” guidelines that advise against the funding of Israeli organisations with links beyond the Green Line.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

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.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

Israel’s Economy Minster 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.

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Enforcing EU Hizbollah ban ‘will be tough’

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The European Union decision this week to designate the military wing of Hizbollah a terror organisation was the culmination of a lengthy campaigns by the UK, Israel and the US.

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EU bans Hizbollah’s military arm

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2013

Hizbollah’s military wing has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the European Union.

In a vote today, EU members unanimously approved the motion after Britain brought it before the body for a third time.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said that by taking this decision, “the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism.”

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Britain denies Hamas claims about ‘secret talks’

By Bernard Josephs, July 19, 2013

Claims from Gaza that EU governments, including Britain, are keen to build backchannel ties with Hamas have been strongly denied in London and treated with scepticism in Israel.

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EU set to discuss Hizbollah ban this week

By Bernard Josephs, July 18, 2013

Talks aimed at adding the military wing of the Iran-backed Hizbollah militia to the EU’s list of terrorist organisations are to take place at the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday. The move is strongly backed by Britain. A Foreign Office official said that evidence of terror attacks by Hizbollah’s military wing was “compelling”.

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