Samaria Regional Council Chairman Gershon Mesika and his deputy, Yossi Dagan,
were guests at a conference on the harmful impact of the EU’s policies against
West Bank settlements held Thursday in the European Parliament building in
The parliament has often been hostile on the topic of Israeli
activity in the West Bank. But on Thursday, Vice Chairman of the EU Parliament’s
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Italian politician Fiorello Provera, held the
conference to help parliamentarians better understand the issue.
Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told the European politicians that she feared the
evacuation of West Bank settlements and the creation of a Palestinian state
would only lead to increased missile attacks against Israel.
forcing us to cede land, in order to achieve the type of agreement it sees fit
for the Middle East, will only mean that these missiles will continue to rain
down on Israel not only from Gaza, but from Kalkilya and Ramallah as well,”
“If Europe thinks Jews will return to the days where we were
forced to mark our products – you can forget it. De-legitimization of parts of
Israel by Europe is the new anti-Semitism. The old anti-Semitism led to the
destruction of our people in gas chambers. We will not allow the new
anti-Semitism to hurt us,” Shaked declared.
“Such conduct creates a sense
among Israelis that Europe is lost, [that] it is occupied by the forces of
radical Islam. If that’s the message you’ve been trying to send, you’re doing a
good job in getting it across. I want you to understand that you are important
to us. We hold your support in high regard, but you cannot push us to commit
suicide,” Shaked said.
The conference was titled “EU-Israel relations:
impact of the new EU guidelines on Israel and their effects on the EU, Israeli
and Palestinian economies.”
Among the other speakers were MK David Rotem (Likud
Beytenu) and Israeli Ambassador to the EU David Walzer, whose office was helpful
in putting together the event.
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