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Posted on July 27, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The UNGA decision marks the first time that the European Union–now expanded to 25 states–voted as a bloc against Israel on the Palestinian issue. For at least one brief moment, all the predictions here in Israel that expansion of the EU would render an already unwieldy body even less manageable with regard to international affairs, and particularly Israel-related issues, were disproved. The Europeans totally reversed their own earlier abstention, just a few months ago, regarding the original proposal to request an advisory opinion on the “wall” from the ICJ. Significantly, a united EU stand appeared to determine the position on the EU vote of another 25 or so UN members.

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