EU warns Israel + History lie at Knesset

EU ambassador warns Israel of isolation


Lars Faaborg-Andersen says if peace talks collapse, move to pressure the Jewish state could be led by private companies

Times of Israel
The European Union’s ambassador to Israel warned the Jewish State that it would likely endure “increasing isolation” if peace talks with the Palestinians collapse.
Lars Faaborg-Andersen told Israel’s Channel 2 TV Monday that such a scenario wouldn’t necessarily be a result of European policy, but rather the actions of private companies.
The ambassador’s comments echo earlier statements he made in late January.
“If the talks are wrecked as a result of an Israeli settlement [construction] announcement, then the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep,” the EU envoy said on January 22. If Israel’s actions result in the talks’ breakdown, “naturally and logically [Israel] will be to blame,” he said then.
“If Israel continues to expand its presence beyond the Green Line, without a peace agreement being signed, it “will find itself increasingly isolated,” he predicted in his Monday interview. “Not necessarily because of any decisions taken at a government level but because of decisions taken by a myriad of private economic actors, be it companies, be it pension funds, be it consumers who will be choosing other product on the supermarket shelves.”
EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen, left, with Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz (photo credit: Yossi Zwecker)
EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen, left, with Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz (photo credit: Yossi Zwecker)
His remarks came after US Secretary of State John Kerry warned last weekend that the boycott would expand if talks fail.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Kerry said that Israel faces an “increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things.”
Kerry said he was utterly certain that the current status quo was “not sustainable… It’s illusionary. There’s a momentary prosperity. There’s a momentary peace.”
The warnings caused uproar in Israel, with some officials condemning the remarks while others recommended the government take note. Chief peace talks negotiator Tzipi Livni rushed to Kerry’s defense on Monday, and said the right-wing lawmakers that “would lower their eyes in embarrassment if they knew what Kerry has done to prevent these threats and these boycotts.”
Kerry’s statements were dismissed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, who said “immoral and unjustified” boycotts would only “push peace farther away.”
But Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Israelis had to “face the facts” and be aware that in the absence of an agreement, Israel would suffer a “huge economic blow” that would get persistently worse.
He said that while Israel would combat the economic threats against it, Washington shouldn’t be attacked for drawing attention to them.
“John Kerry is allowed to speak his mind,” Lapid said. “He deserves appreciation for investing countless hours and trips and a significant portion of his time to an attempt to facilitate an agreement between us and the Palestinians in spite of the difficulties.”

Bennett: They Can’t Scare Us With Economic Threats


Israel Hayom
Justice Minister Tzippy Livni utterly failed this week when she failed to respond to Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat’s charges that Israel was built on “stolen land,” said Economics Minister Naftali Bennett.
Speaking to members of his Jewish Home faction, the JewishHome party head voiced his anger at Livni for failing to “put Erekat in his place for his lies. All she said was that ‘we do not need to investigate whose historical narrative is correct, we just need to look at the future.”
Despite Livni’s decision not to respond, Erekat faced derision in some parts following his claims that the Palestinian Arab population represents the (non-Arab) Biblical Canaanites who “lived in the region 5,500 years before Joshua Bin-Nun came and burned my hometown Jericho.”
Livni’s failure to respond to such a blatant misrepresentation of history “is exactly the reason that Israel has been losing out in world opinion,” Bennett said. “They talk about justice and we talk about narratives.”
Bennett said that he would fill in the information Livni had missed.
“The Land of Israel has been the inheritance of the Jewish People for 3,800 years. In the same Bible that all Muslims and Christians – and of course Jews – believe in, it says that G-d gave the Land to the Jewish Nation. This is written in Hebrew and addressed to the Jews. Israel was the Jewish homeland thousands of years before there were Palestinians,” he said. 
Bennett also dismissed threats by Israeli politicians that Israel’s economy would suffer if it did not capitulate to demands for withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.
“You are all confused,” he said. “We are stronger than these threats. We will not capitulate to these threats.”
Regarding the ongoing talks with the PA, Bennett said that one recognition deserved another.
“Recognition of the rights of Palestinians goes hand in hand with recognition of Israel as the Jewish state. If Israel cannot be secure, there will be no Palestinian state,” he added.

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