Tuesday, December 9, 2008
(Graphic courtesy of Palestine Think Tank)
"The European Union's 27 foreign ministers unanimously approved upgrading relations with Israel on Monday, despite vigorous efforts by the Palestinian Authority and Egypt to thwart the move.
The first expression of this decision will be a first-of-its-kind meeting between Israel's prime minister and all the leaders of the EU member states in Brussels this April.
Separately, the ministers decided to shelve a proposed action plan for the peace process in 2009, in response to Israeli pressure.
Throughout some 18 months of talks on the upgraded relationship, Egypt, the PA and other Arab countries lobbied against it. At the least, the Arabs argued, the upgrade should be conditioned on an Israeli settlement freeze......"