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Analysis: Irelandís EU takeover bad news for Israel
Jpost.com ^ | 1/2/13 | Herb Keinon

Posted on 01/02/2013 6:12:49 PM PST by Nachum

Israel's harshest critic in the EU assumes the organization's presidency in a time of diplomatic turbulence.

Ireland, perhaps Israel’s harshest critic inside the European Union, assumed the position of the EU presidency on Monday at a time when Israel is already bracing for a rocky period with the body over the stalled diplomatic process and construction beyond the Green Line.

While the importance of the EU presidency has waned significantly in recent years as Brussels has increased its power and the EU’s foreign policy chief – and not the EU presidency – now chairs meetings of its foreign ministers and represents the body internationally, the EU’s rotating president still can wield influence and push issues important to it.

One Foreign Ministry official said that if Dublin decides to turn its extremely harsh criticism of Israel and the settlements into an “obsession,” it could present Jerusalem with considerable problems in its new role. At the same time, he stressed, the EU presidency does not carry with it the same authority it had some four years ago.

Ireland is replacing Cyprus, which held position for the last six months.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cyprus; eu; eupresident; europeanunion; ireland; irelandeu; irelands; israel; israelcritic; takeover; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 01/02/2013 6:12:56 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Dammit! What have the Irish got against Israel? What’s this talk of “illegal settlements”? Illegal according to whom?


2 posted on 01/02/2013 6:18:28 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Nachum

Send some Hamas “representatives” to Eire and let them deal with the “frisky” yutes.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 6:18:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Nachum
Maybe Cromwell knew what he was dealing with.
4 posted on 01/02/2013 6:33:04 PM PST by Hans
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To: Nachum
Maybe Cromwell knew what he was dealing with.
5 posted on 01/02/2013 6:33:08 PM PST by Hans
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To: Nachum
Maybe Cromwell knew what he was dealing with.
6 posted on 01/02/2013 6:33:12 PM PST by Hans
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To: Nachum

This is the first I’ve heard of this.
Shame on Ireland!


7 posted on 01/02/2013 6:43:50 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

Oh, there has been huge amounts of anti-Israel muck in Ireland for some time now. Sorry to say :(


8 posted on 01/02/2013 6:56:53 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Nachum.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 6:59:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Nachum

How horrid. Shame on those people.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 6:59:11 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Nachum

They have Israel surrounded. Thos poor dumb bastards!


11 posted on 01/02/2013 9:39:29 PM PST by Dogbert41 (What now?)
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To: Nachum
They have Israel surrounded. Those poor dumb bastards!


12 posted on 01/02/2013 9:46:31 PM PST by Dogbert41 (What now?)
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