Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin said, Tuesday morning, that a European Union decision to ban its members from funding or cooperating with Jewish entities beyond the 1949 Armistice Line, starting Friday, is "very disturbing". Responding to a report by the Ha'aretz daily, he said the decision will make it difficult for Israel to conduct contacts regarding its joint agreements with the EU.
Chairman Davidi Perl of the Gush Etzion Regional Council condemned and denounced the decision, saying, "It's time the Union deals with its own problems instead of forcing its policy on Israel." Referring to the idea of Palestinian Authority statehood in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), he continued, "The idea of two states stood up for a very short period and died long ago. Today it's clear to everyone that the Palestinians do not want and cannot reach an agreement and understandings, and furthermore, they do not have the ability to run a country. It's exactly the time that the prime minister stand up and apply Israeli law to these areas of the homeland and thus fix an ongoing historical distortion."