The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday slammed the new EU directives banning cooperation with Israeli entities beyond the Green Line, due to come into implementation on Friday, stating that the Palestinians get a "free pass" on preconditions to peace talks.

In a letter to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, stated: "President [Mahmoud] Abbas has blocked the process with his pre-conditions, so who does the EU pressure?  Israel.  Who gets a free pass?  The Palestinians."

Foxman called on the EU to end its "long-standing habit of not holding the Palestinian Authority responsible for its actions and inactions that are unequivocally obstacles to peace."

Commenting on the directives target, ADL stated settlements should not be considered an obstacle to peace.

"Successive Israeli governments from the start of the peace process, including the current one, have maintained that construction beyond the 'Green Line'does not contradict the Israeli commitment to a negotiated resolution of all the core issues," ADL stated in the letter to the EU foreign policy chief.

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