Israeli Newspapers Spread Sanction Rumors

By Catherine Kent

It is well known that the EU does want Israel to stop building settlements on land that the Palestinians want as their state. Nonetheless, on Monday, November 17, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, was forced to publicly deny allegations made in an Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, which allege that it has obtained an internal EU document, listing possible sanctions for the EU to take against Israel if it prevents the Palestinians from forming a state. Ms. Mogherini maintained that all EU discussions regarding Israeli and Palestinian issues are based on an effort to “re-launch a peace process,” and do not involve plans to isolate or sanction any other nation.