The change is part of the E.U.’s new guidelines that direct the member nations not to provide any grants, funding, prizes or scholarships to Jewish settlement entities in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The new rules have replaced the current E.U. approach, which was more informal towards the settlements, with binding policy, which might signal the intent to push Israel harder toward a peace deal accord with the Palestinians.
The new measures became public as John Kerry the Secretary of State of the U.S. landed in Jordan for his sixth trip to the Middle East in 2013 to attempt to jump start peace talks.
It looks as though the Europeans are looking to give a slight shove to Israel, which could either hasten Israel’s return to the bargaining table of backfire in Europe’s face.
Many officials in Israel said the blame on the current impasse of peace talks lies with the fractured, dysfunctional leadership of the Palestinians that refuses to even start talks without have preconditions.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel called a meeting on Tuesday with his top ministers in his cabinet to discuss the action taken by the E.U.
Netanyahu insisted he could not allow any of the hundreds of thousands of residents of Samaria and Judea, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to be hurt.
He said Israel would not accept outside interference concerning its borders but did not say how he was going to block the E.U. directive.