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EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The European Commission formally approved labeling “settlement products” from the West Bank. I was impressed with this Reuters snippet: Two elements of the EU decision have particularly enraged Israeli officials. They see the measures as an effective boycott of Israel and say other cases of long-standing occupation, such as Morocco’s seizure


Russia Breaking With Iran and Hezbollah?

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly after this roundup was published, reports of a car-ramming attack near Hebron. A Border Police officer was injured. The driver was shot and killed at the scene. 1. Russia seems to be changing its stance on Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition figures have been invited to Moscow for


EU to Release Settlement Labeling Guidelines

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU plans to release next week its guidelines on labeling settlement products next week. Haaretz explains the curious timing: The labeling guidelines had been due to be released a month ago, but the wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel caused their publication to be delayed. EU


Is Widening Weekend Violence an Intifada?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Editor’s note: In light of continuing Palestinian terror, I have decided to refer to the violence as an intifada. Here’s Why I’m Calling it an Intifada (and a dissent from my colleague, Yarden Frankl). See below for updates on the latest terror attacks. See also today’s media critique, Palestinian Terror Wave Prompts Media


EU Warns of More Steps Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements. 2. The Palestinian National Congress, which represents Palestinians both in the PA and the diaspora, is scheduled to meet for the first time in 20 years. The development further fuels speculation that Mahmoud Abbas is grooming Saeb Erekat as a successor. 3. The


EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank: But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into


EU Brainstorms Next Mideast Peace Moves

Today’s Top Stories 1. Over Israeli objections, a controversial Hamas-linked organization got UN accreditation as a recognized non-governmental organization. UN Watch unpacked the incitement of the UK-based Palestine Return Center in posts one and two. And Sarah Marusek and David Miller further lay out The Case Against the PRC. 2. The Iranian accord will bury any chance


Clock Ticks Down on Nuke Talks Deadline

Today’s Top Stories 1. I don’t know what’s happening in Vienna, but an announcement that a nuclear agreement has been reached probably won’t be in the offing by the time you read this roundup. The talks will continue even as an agreement remains elusive. According to AP, diplomats are still snagged on A) attempts to probe


Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)