NGO Monitor is the latest in a long list of Israeli leaders and organizations to criticize the recent decision by the European Union. The EU this week decided to have nothing to do with anything emanating from the eastern & southern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the Golan Heights.
In a press statement, NGO Monitor said, "the guidelines issued by the European Union to ban EU funding and cooperation with Israeli institutions beyond the 1949 Armistice Line reflects a policy dictated by political NGOs which are involved in the delegitimization campaign against Israel. The complex issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict are not aided by harmful steps such as boycotts which undermine a peace process based on negotiations and mutual respect.
The founder of NGO Monitor Prof. Gerald Steinberg added, "the new EU guidelines are evidence of the influence of political NGOs - some funded by the EU - on the EU's policies. On occasion we have seen the EU rely on political NGOs' reports without checking their veracity."