Israel Looks Beyond the Blue EU Horizon

For many years it has been obvious that the European Union (EU) does not wear Israel in its heart's core or enfold it in its arms. If its members have not totally subscribed to the Palestinian Narrative of Victimhood, they have been sufficiently swayed to impose a partial boycott against Israel. The EU in June 2013 published "guidelines" for its member nations saying that it would not confer grants, scholarships, prizes, or financial loans on Israeli entities operating outside the so-called Green Line (the 1949 armistice lines), including east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Any Israeli entity seeking funding from the EU must submit a declaration that it has no direct or indirect links to the West Bank. This issue was central to the months of negotiations between the EU and Israel on the latter's participation in the EU's Horizon 2020 project. This project, the EU's largest research and innovation program to last six years with a funding of 80 billion euros, was launched on January...(Read Full Article)

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