Such attacks constitute war crimes under international law. What led you to write this book and is it a follow-up to your book The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination? So I had a grand ambition to provide an overview of the conflict going back to its roots and up through the present day. That idea proved overly ambitious for me at the time, but it did result in The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination.
A first free trade area agreement was signed in In the Essen Council inthe EU signaled its willingness to establish special relations with Israel. Bilaterally, after a Cooperation Agreement inan Association Agreement came into force inproviding for preferential economic, commercial, technological and research status between the parties.
It included measures for the creation of a free trade area in industrial goods, and the liberalisation of trade in agricultural goods, of services, and of capital movements. The agreement also set the basis for cultural, research and political cooperation.
The agreement with Israel incorporates free trade arrangements for industrial goods and concessionary arrangements for trade in agricultural products a new agreement here entered into force inand opens up the prospect for greater liberalisation of trade in services and farm goods from It replaces the earlier Co-operation Agreement of The EU—Israel Association Council held at ministerial level and the EU—Israel Association Committee held at the level of senior officials meet at regular intervals to discuss political and economic issues, as well as bilateral and regional co-operation.
Article 2 of the Association Agreement states: Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principleswhich guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.
Dispute on preferential treatment for Israeli products originating in Palestinian territories Goods from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are not subject to the free trade agreement, as they are not considered Israeli.
SinceIsrael and the EU have been in dispute over the legal treatment of products exported to the EU from the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel argues that these are produced in its customs territory and should thus be subject to the Association Agreement and benefit from preferential treatment. The EU maintains that the Territories are not part of Israel, and are illegal under international law, and such products do not therefore benefit from preferential treatment.
Differently from the EU, the United States admit custom-free goods exported from the Territories under their free trade agreement. The EU customs authorities are then able to discern the exact origin and provide preferential treatment only to goods from Israel proper, giving de facto meaning to the EU policy of non-recognition of the Territories as part of the State of Israel  The ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Brita case confirmed that products originating in the West Bank do not qualify for preferential customs treatment under the EC—Israel Agreement, and that contrary assertions by Israeli authorities are not binding upon EU customs authorities.
In its reasoning, the ECJ relied on the presence of two, distinct and equal Association agreements, one with Israel, applying to the "territory of the State of Israel", and one with the PLO, applying to the territory of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and on the general principle of customary international law that an obligation cannot be imposed on a third party without its consent.
The Court concluded that the EC—Israel Agreement may not be interpreted in such a way as to compel the Palestinian authorities to waive their right to exercise the competence conferred upon them by virtue of the EC—PLO Agreement and, in particular, to refrain from exercising the right to issue customs documents providing proof of origin for goods manufactured in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
It follows that products originating in the West Bank do not fall within the territorial scope of the EC—Israel Agreement and, therefore, do not qualify for preferential treatment under that agreement. Ratification of the ACAA will make it easier to export Israeli pharmaceuticals and other goods to the 27 EU member countries, and vice versa.
Following a controversial debate, members of the European Parliament voted in favor and against ratification. The two sides have granted each other significant trade concessions for certain agricultural products, in the form of tariff reduction or elimination, either within quotas or for unlimited quantities.
Euro-Mediterranean regional programmes Israel, because of its high national income, is not eligible for bilateral funding under MEDA.
However, these two bills were never passed into law. The lawsuit, which was filed in Januarycharged that the European Commission had failed to fulfill European Union transparency obligations after NGO Monitor had tried for 13 months to obtain documentation detailing EU nongovernmental agency funding.
Under the European Freedom of Information Actsuch funding details must be made available upon request. However, the EC cited "public security", "privacy" and "commercial interests" in denying the information request.
The general position of the EU is that a Palestinian state should be based on the borders with land swaps, Jerusalem should be divided and become the capital of both states, and a negotiated settlement be found for the Palestinian refugee issue, although member states have sometimes been divided on these issues.
However, all EU states universally consider Israeli settlements illegal under international law. The EU has insisted that it will not recognize any changes to the borders other than those agreed between the parties. Israel has insisted that the city will remain its undivided capital, and is fiercely opposed to its re-division.
Induring the French presidency of the Council, the European Union strived to increase co-operation with the US on Middle-Eastern issues, inter alia with a view to coordinating common pressures on Israel. In Decembera group of 26 former EU statesmen, including former Foreign Affairs Chief Javier Solanasubmitted a written petition calling for the EU to ban imports of settlement products, force Israel to pay the majority of aid required by the Palestinians, link an upgrade in diplomatic relations to a settlement freeze, and send a high-level delegation to east Jerusalem to support Palestinian claims to sovereignty.
During Operation Defensive Shield inthe European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution calling for economic sanctions on Israel and an arms embargo on both parties.
Some stated that they might recognize the state if talks did not progress, or to punish Israel for settlement construction. Incoming president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has confirmed that relations with Israel will remain frozen until there is movement on the peace process.
The final paper did not include any specific EU planned actions on the matters it discussed. Under one interpretation of the proposal, the Commission would use legislation to force companies in Europe to break their links with businesses involved in settlement construction and commercial activities.
The report also recommended the EU prepare a blacklist of settlers involved in violence, in order to possibly ban them from entering EU member states, encourage PLO activity and representation in east Jerusalem, and for senior EU officials to avoid being escorted by Israeli representatives or security personnel in east Jerusalem.
Another EU report recommended that the EU undermine Israeli control of Area C of the West Bank by pursuing and funding Palestinian building projects undertaken without receiving Israeli building permits, which are required in Area C.
Israeli institutions and bodies situated across the pre Green Line will be automatically ineligible.Since Israel’s establishment in May , Pakistan, being a Muslim country, has refused to establish diplomatic relations with it.
The agreements that Israel signed with Egypt in , the PLO in , and Jordan in brought no change in Pakistan’s policy. BRUSSELS – Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union's foreign service said in a statement on Wednesday, warning that such settlements threatened.
The net result has been inaction in the EU’s main foreign-policy body – the European Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), which brings together EU foreign ministers.
its conditionality and normative elements are important in pushing Israel towards a lasting peace deal with the Palestinians.
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