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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L on the picture with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso) is in Brussels to meet with the 28 EU leaders. The EU is set to agree Saturday new sanctions against Russia as the Ukraine conflict escalates.

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The EU Council of Foreign Affairs
''Recent events in the wider Middle East pose serious threats to the EU as well as to its immediate neighbours. The European Union reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to current and emerging threats in the region.''
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini
'The casefire in the Gaza conflict would open a path to political negotiations and thus ending the conflict in the Middle East region.''
British Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in charge of Middle East and North Africa
''The truce provides a needed opportunity to finalize a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Gaza.''
The European Union in a statement on 27 August
''The Palestinian government of national consensus, under the leadership of President Abbas, should exercise effective administration of the Gaza Strip. Hamas and other militant groups must stop all threats to Israel.''
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
'The blow that Hamas has now taken is unprecedented since it was founded, a very hard blow. I must say that it also took a diplomatic hit. See, Hamas set conditions at the outset for a ceasefire. We accepted the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire, already in the first days, unconditionally and without time constraints whereas Hamas set conditions. It demanded a seaport – it did not get one.It demanded an airport, it did not get one. It demanded the release of the Shalit prisoners, those who were released in the Shalit deal whom we returned to prison following the murder of the three youths, it did not get this. It demanded Qatari mediation, it did not get it. It demanded Turkish mediation, it did not get it. It did not receive any condition. It demanded further conditions. It demanded the rehabilitation of the institutions that we dissolved in Judea and Samaria, it did not get this. It demanded salaries and money from us, it didn’t get them. It did not receive any of the conditions that it set.'
Antonio Abril Abadin, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Zara in a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center apologizing for the sale of a t-shirt reminiscent to the concentrtion camp uniforms.
''Please let me apologize personally and on behalf of our Group for this mistake which is of course far away from the philosophy and the intention of the Inditex Group.Zara is a company with more than 50 stores in Israel and is very close to the Jewish tradition.''

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Parashat Shoftim / פרשת שופטים
Next read on 30 August 2014. Parashat Shoftim is the 48th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

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