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Giles Merritt, founder and secretary general of the Brussels-based Friends of Europe.
"Upgrading security with improved technology is clearly needed at airports across Europe. But the real lesson to draw from Israel's safety record is that its major investment has been in training security personnel who quickly pick out suspected terrorists. That's where we must invest the most."
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault after talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah on France's initiative to convey an international Mideast peace conference.
“It’s clear to us — and I said this to Netanyahu and Abbas — that we cannot fulfill the role of the two sides. They will need to carry out direct negotiations but because the process is stuck, they need external help. The goal [of the conference] is to encourage them return to the negotiating table.”
Lars Faaborg-Andersen, EU ambassador to Israel, during a Europe Day Reception in presence of Israel's President Reuven Rivlin.
Israel and the EU may not agree on everything.But you Mr. President and the example you provide is living evidence that what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us.''

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Woman stabbed at a kosher restaurant in the center of Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (EJP)---A man stabbed a woman at a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam on Monday, Dutch media reported. Witnesses said the victim was stabbed in her arm. Guests of the restaurant H'Baron located on Kastelenstraat were shocked by the stabbing. The woman was taken to a nearby h... Full Article

New President of Austria from the Geen party reportedly good friend of Jewish community

VIENNA (EJP)---"I am very happy that on the one hand he won, and on the other hand I am very happy that the other candidate did not win," said Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish community in Vienna (IKG) in a reaction to Sunday’s presidential elections in Austria. Alexander van der Bel... Full Article

In meeting with French PM Valls, Netanyahu suggests direct peace talks with the Palestinians in Paris instead of multilateral conference

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to accept a French initiative that brought him and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas together in a room alone in Paris to discuss the conflict's most intractable issues. Valls said he would ... Full Article

Rabbi Margolin:'We must fight BDS in order to ensure the security of European Jews', 'We can make Europe a big friend of Israel'

NEW YORK (EJP)---In Europe, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment,Sanctions) movement “is not just a way to attack Israel, it is a way to attack Jewish people. We must fight it in order to ensure the security of European Jews,’’ a European Jewish leader declared. Addressing the annual Jerusalem... Full Article

Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon resigns as Avigdor Lieberman is set to take over his post

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation in the wake of dramatic political developments this week. In a statement, Yaalon stressed he was not exiting politics entirely and that he plans to vie for leadership roles in the future. "I have informed the ... Full Article

On eve of Israel visit, French PM Manuel Valls says 'France is concerned with Israel's security', stresses that 'France is not France without its Jews'

JERUSALEM/PARIS (EJP)---On the eve of his first visit to Israel, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said "France is concerned about Israel's security." In an interview with Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, Valls, who is considered as one of the friendliest to Israel among Israeli leaders, Vall... Full Article

Belgium refuses to grant aid to children of Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish Museum terror attack

BRUSSELS (EJP)---Belgium has refused to grant emergency aid to the children of Mira and Emmanuel Riva, the Israeli couple killed in the terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum of Brussels in May 2014, the Belgian media reported. The couple's children, Shira and Ayelet Riva, who live in Tel Avi... Full Article

Avigdor Lieberman to become Defense Minister in government coalition shakeup after talks with Herzog collapsed

JERUSALEM (EIPA)---As part of the revamping and broadening of the Likud-led coalition government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman and his right-leaning political party Yisrael Beiteinu will join the coalition with Lieberman becoming Defense Minister. Talks are expected... Full Article

Negotiations to broaden the government coalition in Israel: Isaac Herzog stops talks 'while Netanyahu also negotiates with Lieberman'

JERUSALEM (EJP)—The leader of Israel’s opposition Labor party, Isaac Herzog, announced that he would not continue talks to form a unity government while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also negotiating with Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman. "I don't work based on Lieberman's ... Full Article