About: Arab-Israeli conflict

Global Europe 19-05-2021

Hungary blocks EU declaration on Israel-Palestine ceasefire

EU foreign ministers called on Tuesday (18 May) for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and boosted humanitarian aid for Gaza, but failed to reach the unanimity that might give the EU leverage in peacemaking.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Germany urges end to Middle East violence as EU calls talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday (16 May) it is "imperative" for Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting and resume talks ahead of an emergency meeting this week with his EU counterparts.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

US restores assistance for Palestinians, to provide $235 million in aid

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday (7 April) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.
Enlargement 15-03-2021

Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem

Kosovo said Sunday (14 March) it had officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem after becoming the first Muslim-majority territory to recognise the city as Israel's capital.
Global Europe 15-03-2021

Palestinians and Arab League condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office

The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday (13 March) condemned the Czech Republic's opening of a diplomatic office in Jerusalem as a violation of international law.
Global Europe 14-11-2019

US ‘deeply concerned’ by EU court decision on food from Palestinian territories

The United States is "deeply concerned" by a ruling by the European Union's top court that food products from Palestinian territories must be labelled as such, the US State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday (13 November).
Global Europe 22-07-2019

Israel prepares to demolish homes on Jerusalem outskirts, stoking Palestinian fears

Israeli forces began preparations to demolish homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem under the cover of darkness on Monday (22 July), in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism. Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli...
Global Europe 05-02-2019

As EU-Arab summit approaches, more headaches than planned

When plans for a summit between the European Union and the Arab League were first hatched last year, it was envisioned as the start of a new friendship across the Mediterranean. What a difference a few months makes.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

EU calls on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian children

Alarmed by the conditions of Palestinian children in the Israeli military judicial system, the EU has called on Israel, through its representatives in Jerusalem and Ramallah, to respect the children's rights. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 29-03-2018

Spanish MEP: Time, status quo working against two-state solution

Elena Valenciano Spanish MEP, who headed a socialist delegation on a five-day fact-finding mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories this week, spoke to EFE in Jerusalem on Wednesday (28 March).
Global Europe 12-12-2017

EU rebuffs Netanyahu’s Jerusalem call

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (11 December) bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.
Global Europe 24-07-2017

EU urges Israel, Jordan to cooperate on security in Jerusalem

The EU over the weekend called on Israel and Jordan to work together to "ensure security for all" in Jerusalem's Old City after a series of violent confrontations in recent days.
Global Europe 24-01-2017

New Israeli settlements ‘seriously undermine’ peace, EU says

The European Union Tuesday (24 January) warned that Israel's announcements that it will build thousands of new settler homes in occupied Palestinian territory "further seriously undermine" prospects for a two-state solution.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU leaders pay tribute as Shimon Peres dies at 93

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini lead tributes Wednesday (28 September) to Shimon Peres, one of the biggest figures in Israeli history, who died aged 93.
Development Policy 30-08-2016

Aid NGO calls for transparency in Hamas ‘donations’ trial

One of the world biggest development NGOs is locked in a battle with Israel over opening up the trial of one of its employees accused of siphoning off donations to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Global Europe 29-06-2016

Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalise ties after six years

Turkey and Israel signed a deal on Tuesday (28 June) to restore ties after a six-year rift, formalising an agreement which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said sent a “hopeful signal” for regional stability.

German Jews fear rising anti-Semitism during refugee influx

Ethnic Germans are responsible for the vast majority of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany. But the country's growing Jewish population fears being targeted by Muslim refugees arriving from the Middle East.
Med & South 15-01-2016

Netanyahu deplores bad EU relations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the European Union yesterday (14 January) of holding his country to a double standard, and reserved special criticism for Sweden, saying its call to investigate Israel was outrageous, immoral and stupid.
Global Europe 30-11-2015

Israel partly severs diplomatic ties with EU over labelling row

Israel said on Sunday (29 November) it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Global Europe 12-11-2015

Why EU guidelines on Israeli settlements are welcome

EU guidelines on the "indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967" are a long overdue step forward, writes MEP Alyn Smith.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

Israel to EU: Labelling products harms peace hopes

Israel denounced a European Union proposal Tuesday (3 November) to label products from Jewish settlements, saying it would damage the peace process with the Palestinians.
Global Europe 27-03-2015

EU keeps Hamas on terror list, despite court ruling

The European Union kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist Friday despite a controversial court decision ordering Brussels to remove the Palestinian Islamist group from the register.
Global Europe 27-01-2015

Muslim anti-Semitism puts pressure on West

One after the other, EU leaders took turns reassuring Europe’s Jewish community, following the kosher supermarket attack in Paris, in which four people were killed, writes Joel Schalit.
Global Europe 15-12-2014

I hope MEPs will join me in voting to recognise Palestine

A legally binding vote to unconditionally recognise Palestine is the very least the EU can do, writes Keith Taylor.