EU-Israel council likely to reconvene for first time in a decade

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council is meeting in Brussels, with “a possible EU-Israel association council” on the published agenda.

The Association Council is a meeting that is meant to occur annually between Israel and the EU to cover matters of mutual concern. The last time the two sides met was in 2012, and, as foreign minister, Yair Lapid made it a goal to reconvene the forum.

A senior European official told The Times of Israel recently that EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell held up the forum between Israel and the EU because of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May.

Israel signed an Association Agreement that defined its relationship with the EU in 1995 and ratified it in 2000. Israel canceled the Council in 2013, when the EU angered Israel by issuing new regulations according to which no Israeli body that operates or has links beyond the Green Line can receive EU funding or have any cooperation with the EU.

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