We may be seeing the beginnings of this process:
A dramatic new directive published by the European Union bars its 28 members from all cooperation with Israeli entities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The directive, sent out on June 30 and set to take effect on Friday, extends to “all funding, cooperation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to Israeli entities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.
It also requires that any contracts between EU member countries and Israel henceforth include a clause stating that East Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.
The new directive, initiated in December by the EU foreign ministers, is “in conformity with the EU’s longstanding position that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and with the non-recognition by the EU of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied territories, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law,” the EU said in a statement.
Europe has long opposed much of Israel’s policy in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and in March EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was the latest to call for implementing the labeling of products produced in the settlements for sale in Europe.
A key member of the Netanyahu government Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin on Tuesday called the decision by the EU to exclude the Jewish settlements in the West Bank from any trade agreements with Israel "worrying," and would it make difficult to hold talks with the EU on future joint agreements.
Haaretz reported earlier in the day that the EU has published a binding directive to all of its member states forbidding any funding cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Other right-wing MKs expressed outrage at the EU's decision while the left called for the government to heed the warning in the EU's actions.
"This is a decision marked with racism and discrimination against the Jewish People that is reminiscent of boycotts against Jews from over 66 years ago," Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said.
Knesset Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomianksy, also of the Bayit Yehudi, pointed out that "the Middle East is on fire and thousands of people are killed each month," and recommended the EU deal with the real problems in the region.
"Meanwhile, we'll continue building and developing," Slomiansky said.
Even after US sources affirmed that Israel was the one behind the bombing of the Yakhont missile stockpile in Latkia, Syria, the whole story behind the attack on the anti-ship cruise missiles remains murky.
Monday evening, Lebanese channel MTV reported that Israel had bombed the advanced land-to-sea missiles, which had been transferred from Russia to President Bashar Assad, only after it made sure that no Russian experts were on-site.
The fighting along the Israeli border has increased in recent days, especially in the villages across the border from the northern Golan area.