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Donald Tusk, the former Polish Prime Minister, chairs in Brussels his first EU summit as EU Council President. , 'We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realize our own strengths,' he said.

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Based on the current pace, the number of French Jews making aliyah could top 7,000 this year

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Despite a rise of 7 % of the immigration to Israel from North America, aliyah from France to Israel this year will be more than double that from the United States, according to figures from the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem. Based on the current pace, the number of Fr... Full Article

IDF strikes Hamas site In Gaza following Kassam rocket attack on southern Israel

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck a site belonging to Hamas in southern Gaza near Khan Yunis early Saturday morning, following an earlier rocket attack from Gaza into Israel one day before. The reports are of at least two strikes by the Israel Air Force, which was repo... Full Article

EU's ambassador to Israel: 'The European Union still considers Hamas a terrorist organization'

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---The European Union still considers Hamas a terrorist organization and this week’s EU General Court’s decision to remove the Gaza group from its blacklist will have absolutely no practical implications on the ground, the EU’s ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, s... Full Article

Washington confirms it won’t support Palestinian-led UN resolution

By Yossi Lempkowicz WASHINGTON (EJP)---The US State Department confirmed that Washington will not support a controversial draft United Nations Security Council resolution submitted on Wednesday by Jordan on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, which would mandate an Israeli West Bank withdrawal. The draft resolut... Full Article

German Liberal MEP Michael Theurer: 'I do not believe in the procedurals errors being the real reason to remove Hamas from the terror list'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---‘’I am shocked by the decision of the European Court of Justice to remove Hamas from the EU-terror list for procedural errors,’’ said German Liberal Member of the European Parliament Michael Theurer. "I do not believe in the procedurals errors being the real reason t... Full Article

Mogherini at Chanukah event: 'Anti-Semitism across Europe is rising and needs to be dealt with and fought against decisively'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---“Anti-Semitism across Europe is rising and needs to be dealt with and fought against decisively,’’ said EU foreign policy chief and European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini who hosted the annual Chanukah event organized Wednesday in Brussels by the European J... Full Article

American Jewish community welcomes release of Alan Gross

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has welcomed the release of American Jew Alan Gross from a Cuban jail, where he was imprisoned for just over five years on charges of subversion. Gross, 65, an American subcontractor for a U.S. Agency for International Development program and a... Full Article

Mogherini: EU Court decision on Hamas is 'procedural and not political'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---‘’We respect the General Court of the European Union's judgement delivered today annulling measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of Hamas' funds,’’ said Wednesday a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Fe... Full Article

'The EU supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks'

By Yossi Lempkowicz STRASBOURG (EJP)---The European Parliament on Wednesday voted in Strasbourg with a large majority in favour of a joint resolution that instead of calling on the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, links the EU ‘’support in principle’’ of such a recognition to the development of peace t... Full Article