European Parliamentarian Laments 'Difficult' EU-Israel Relations

Fiorello Provera opposes EU guidelines banning cooperation with Israeli bodies in Judea, Samaria, Golan and Jerusalam.

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EU's Catherine Ashton with PM Binyamin Netany
EU's Catherine Ashton with PM Binyamin Netany
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As Israeli and European Union officials remain at loggerheads over recently-issued guidelines forbidding EU bodies from dealing with Israeli entities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and parts of Jerusalem, a senior EU parliamentarian has voiced his opposition to the boycott.

Italian MEP (Member of European Parliament) Fiorello Provera told Arutz Sheva that the guidelines marked a "difficult" period in relations between Jerusalem and Brussels, saying that the damage it would inflict on both sides could be as much as 80 billion Euros.

Provero, who is the Vice-Chair of the EU parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, and a member of the EU's delegation to Israel, warned the move would lead to a "diminished standard of life for Israelis and Palestinians".

Provera also explained why he thought it was important for diplomats to actually visit Jewish communities on the ground in Judea, Samaria and the Golan, saying that his own visits to those regions gave him a "better understand of the present and the future".