Friday, February 13, 2009

European MP Calls for EU to Cease Financial Cooperation with Israel in the Wake of Gaza

Wirral Globe, February 12, 2009 - Euro MP Chris Davies is calling for Israel to pay for damage caused in the Gaza strip by Israeli military action instead of relying on EU aid.

During his visit to Gaza, MrDavies has stated that the EU should cease financial co-operation with Israel until the state faces up to its legal, financial and humanitarian responsibilities. Speaking from Ramallah in the West Bank, Mr Davies said, "Europe should not be paying for the destruction wrought by the Israeli military, Israel should.

"There should be real economic consequences for Israel when infrastructure is destroyed in Gaza and at present EU aid is making sure that there are not.

"No incentives seem to exist for Israel to listen to the EU in return for economic aid and co-operation and Israel is not currently working with the EU on a clear path to peace.

"The EU is also at fault for not making clear to the Palestinians what the requirements are for forming a government that the EU can negotiate with. "The EU is helping no-one with its lack of clarity."

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