|Review of the political meetings held for the EJC Executive in Israel|
Wednesday, 23rd of April, 2014
Ø EJC Executive Meeting in Tel Aviv
The following main items were discussed: upcoming EU elections, updates on the situation in Hungary, France, Turkey and Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, EU-Israel Relations and the BDS campaigns.
H.E. Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, Head of the EU delegation to Israel addressed the Executive on EU-Israel relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The speech was followed by an opened discussion with EJC Executive Members.
The Israeli Finance Minister Mr Yair Lapid also addressed the EJC Executive in a live televised discussion (find his speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RZQRc6FKk8&list=UUGaxHoA164ZtteUDLsVOJBQ)
During his speech, Lapid said that Israel “should do much better in helping the European Jewish community” fighting organizations affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. He criticized what he characterized as the Palestinians’ stubborn attitudes in peace negotiations. “The fundamental principle of a nation that wants independence is if you are given something then take it, afterwards you can bargain about the details,” he said, noting that 90 percent of the issues could be resolved easily with the other 10% of core issues, such as Jerusalem’s status, dealt with later. “As far as I know the Palestinians are the first nation in history that treats independence like a zero sum game.”
Ø The Executive meeting was followed by a VIP dinner with Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, Lt Gen Benny Gantz, as guest of honour
Thursday, 24th of April, 2014
Ø Meeting with Israeli Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Zeev Elkin, in the Knesset to discuss the channel of communication between the Ministry and the EJC as well as better coordination of strategies regarding EU-Israel relations
Ø Lunch meeting hosted by the Knesset Speaker, Mr Yuli-Yoel Edelstein in order to discuss the EU-Israel relations as well as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony 2015
Ø Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Benyamin Netanyahu. Discussions centred on the recent agreement between the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza-based terror group, Hamas, and its impact on the peace process, the continuing threat from the development of nuclear weapons capacity by Iran and on relations between Israel and the European Union.
The EJC Team