Israel warns EU from funding West Bank building projects

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Ma’ariv Israeli newspaper on Thursday said that the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs has warned the European Union from carrying on with funding building projects in the “C” West Bank, areas. 

The C areas, due to the 1993 Oslo accords, make up about 75% of the West Bank. Theoretically, they fall under Palestinian civil administration, and Israeli military control.

Ma’ariv said that the EU responded by saying that Israel was violating the international law by preventing Palestinians from building in the C areas.

The recently appointed deputy director-general for Western Europe in the Foreign Ministry, Aviv Shir-On  said that this subject is brought up in almost every conversation with the EU.

Shir-On slammed the funding process calling it “illegal.”

He said that any “illegal building procedure will not be accepted,” adding that the EU knows the Israeli stand from the procedure.

Shir-On concluded by saying that the Israeli occupation authorities told the EU that the built structures might be destroyed, and that the EU  receive a demolition threat before it takes place.