A secret document from the European Union, an organization that has supported Palestinian efforts to take control of parts of Judea and Samaria that are legally under Israeli control, was revealed this week.
According to Israel National News, the document indicates the EU will attempt to map land in order “to prove Palestinian Arab rights … without leaving traces of its activities” in Area C — which comprises 60% of Judea and Samaria — over which Israel has exclusive jurisdiction.
“The fight against the Arab takeover of open areas of Judea and Samaria is one of the most pressing and important challenges that the next government must address and one of the main reasons for my demand to receive authority for this in the Ministry of Defense,” Bezalel Smotrich, chairman of the Religious Zionist Party, declared.
“The blatant involvement of the European Union in the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to establish facts on the ground and unilaterally establish a de facto Arab terrorist state in the heart of the Land of Israel is unacceptable, contrary to international law and law, and incompatible with basic rules of diplomacy in relations between states,” he added.
“The Arab takeover of Area C is the biggest strategic threat in our region. Its goal is nothing less than changing the borders of the country. Every week the State of Israel loses large areas, every day dozens of illegal homes are erected, roads are broken up and paved at significant points as part of an organized strategic plan,” Shlomo Ne’eman, Etzion Council head and chairman of the Yesha Council echoed.
“The document revealed tonight is important proof of what we have been strongly asserting for years: the European Union is working maliciously together with the Palestinian Authority against the State of Israel,” he continued. “The matter is nothing less than preposterous — our allies, European governments, are actively working to revise the borders of our country. In years past, this would be grounds for wars between nations.”
In 2016, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Palestinian Authority and the EU “have in the past decade sought to actively encroach on Israeli rule in Area C, where according to the accords, Israel has exclusive administrative and security control.”
In 2018, speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice president of the European Commission in the Juncker Commission, made clear the EU’s disdain for President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying, “I want to, first of all, reassure President Abbas and his delegation of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution, with Jerusalem as shared capital of the two states — the State of Israel and the State of Palestine.”
Mogherini continued by attacking the building of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, the areas where virtually all of the Bible took place, stating, “We oppose the settlement activity that we consider illegal under international law.”