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EU's Barroso to sign controversial deal with Netanyahu
Published Friday 06/06/2014 (updated) 07/06/2014 09:47
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso.
BRUSSELS (AFP) -- European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is to formally sign a controversial EU-Israel research program with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit starting Sunday.

The outgoing head of the European Union executive will hold talks with Netanyahu on Sunday before taking part in a signing ceremony the next day allowing Israel to become the only non-European country to benefit from the EU's Horizon 2020 scientific research program.

After months of dispute, the two sides finally agreed a compromise in November enabling hi-tech companies and research institutes in the Israel to join the 77-billion-euro program.

Israel had objected to EU guidelines published in July banning funding and financial dealings with settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem from January this year.

The guidelines would have forced Israel to recognize in writing that settlements -- which are illegal under international law -- are not part of Israel in any future EU agreements.

But after sticky negotiations, it was agreed the EU would appendix an agreement to stop research funds serving institutions in the West Bank, while Israel would add its own appendix stating non-recognition of the new guidelines.

EU-Israel relations have long been difficult, notably over the question of Israeli settlements.

Brussels on Thursday said it was "deeply disappointed" after Israel unveiled plans to build another 3,200 settler homes, and called for the decision to be reversed.

"This move is unhelpful to peace efforts," the EU said in a statement.
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1 ) Jin Thomas / US
06/06/2014 19:34
Big mistake. If EU is upset about settlement expansion which is accelerating almost daily, they will have to follow up on their "concern" with "actions". Signing this deal send the wrong message, shame on the EU.

2 ) Carlos / usa
06/06/2014 20:02
Boycott divest and sanction is all I can say. EU will allow israel to destroy Palestine while EU destroys Ukraine.

3 ) @ Jin-1 & Palestinians / the Only non-EU Reality
06/06/2014 20:35
More & more nations are making such "Big Mistakes", where:
- Australian no longer considers East Jerusalem to be "occupied", and will no longer refer to it as such, in official documents, and
- Brussels is Neither "deeply disappointed after Israel unveiled plans to build another 3,200 homes", Nor thinks the "move to be unhelpful", or it would not have agreed to move from the main agreement into "an appendix to stop research funds serving institutions in the West Bank" !!

4 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
06/06/2014 20:55
This agreement is also "unhelpful to peace efforts". The EU is adept at double talk and action. It's too bad Mr Barroso can't take a firm stand personally or just develop a very bad flu that prevents him from making the visit.

5 ) Mel / USA
06/06/2014 22:09
#1:Jin Thomas/US: Big as in HUGE mistake,&only lily-livered Barroso is stupid enough to EU that blood-money deal with brutal,occupying Nazi Israel!Barroso has signed EUROPE'S signature of endorsment of Zionist expansion,occupation&war crimes!'Hi-tech...research'in Ziospeak,includes FIELD-TESTING WEAPONS ON HUMANS in Palestine.Would Barroso also have signed with Hitler?CRIMINALLY DISGRACEFUL of 'No-Brass-balls'Manuel!Keep that back-door SHUT on Israel,until it divests from ZIONISM!BDS!

6 ) Robby / USA
06/06/2014 23:29
#1 and #2: If you really cared about the future of Palestinians why not encourage them to join the Horizon 2020 research program as well?

7 ) jv / Canada
07/06/2014 03:29
The EU got played again.

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
07/06/2014 07:24
Hey Jin and Carlos - time for the world to boycott USA until you move back to China and Spain, end your illegal occupation of America, close down your settlements on stolen Native American lands, and go back to where you came from before your illegal invasion of the hundreds of native American nations. Too late for some, since you wiped them out in total genocide, but the survivors will get their continent back. Take the Canadians and central and south American invaders with you, will ya?

9 ) Mel / USA
07/06/2014 17:11
#8:Brain:School's out eh? And the Edelstein trolls are let loose on cyber-space,with your hasbara & 'Brand Israel' baseball caps. Did you get your $2,000 yet, for summerhasbara,LOL! Keep trolling Zio-white-noise Bri!
#6:Perhaps Palestinians can join the demographics(since 1947)project &share the Nakba effect on demographics? :http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/joint-research-agenda-demographic-change-adopted-15-countries

10 ) Mel / USA
07/06/2014 17:52
BTW! Rumors are flying around,that when the Moldovan-Mussolini(who assaults Jews-only colony kids):(Rewind)http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2009/03/07/avigdor-lieberman-convicted-child-beater-to-be-israeli-foreign-minister/.....
pulls a coup on Israel,that Hasbara-Harry-Bibi has a job offer?
Back on US moron-stream media Fox(so-called)News,LOL?

11 ) Robby / USA
07/06/2014 18:59
9 ) Mel / USA - Perhaps they can join, but to start looking forward instead of regurgitating the same old complaints and excuses.

12 ) Charlie A / Sweden/Gaza
08/06/2014 10:10
Shame on us in EU. Shame is what I feel.

13 ) Mel / USA
08/06/2014 18:50
#11:Robby Zionist Lobby!There're NO'excuses'to rationalize the Zionist-Israeli persecution & occupation of Palestine since 1930's!It's illegal,period!And Palestinians,just like Nazi-occupied Jews &any other oppressed peoples,have every right to'complain'about suppression/theft of their inalienable human rights!Tell me why Israeli/Zionists must'regurgitate'the Holocaust daily,when global Jews don't?Or,is it that Nazism's Holocaust is Israel's trump card,to commit Zionist Holocaust on non-Jews?!?!

14 ) Robby / USA
10/06/2014 06:01
13 ) Mel / USA - I rest my case.

15 ) Rob Groenhuijzen / Netherlands
11/06/2014 00:24
Hey Brian, The only country in the world that suppresses another country is Israel. All people are crazy except the Isra?li's. You will learn when you are kicked out of Palestine and your wonderful leaders forget you, as they did before. Time is over. Europe and the US let you did the dirty work from 1948 on. They will forget you too because they chase only their own interest.
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