Thursday, February 25, 2010

EU High Court Rules that Judea and Samaria are not a Part of Israel

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Today the EU High Court ruled that Judea and Samaria are not part of Israel so therefore Israeli goods manufactured in Judea and Samaria will now be subject to EU import duties. Under current EU agreements with both Israel and the Palestinians, products manufactured in each location are not subject to custom duties. To be clear the court stated that EU's agreement with Israel, "applies to the territory of the State of Israel" while the one with the PA applies to "the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip."

The implications of this ruling are clear and another stepping stone down the prophetic path. The EU High Court has ruled loud and clear that Israel has no legal standing in Judea and Samaria and these areas are not part of the nation of Israel. It can be certain that this ruling will be used against Israel and for the Palestinians at the UN, where the push for the Palestinians to unilaterally declare statehood grows by the day. You see, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are areas that the Palestinians want for their future State and the world agrees.

I believe that this needs to be watched very closely as scripture seems to indicate that at the midpoint of the 70Th week when the Abomination of Desolation occurs that those in Judea and Samaria must then flee to the mountains. Here is the scripture for you to review.

Mathew 24:15-16
15. "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
16. then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Is it a coincidence that this area that is discussed in Mathew 24 seems to continuously be in the news? Could this event occur soon? I have to be honest, I don't know and sometimes I really doubt whether we are that close, but the daily headlines have me paying attention.

Stay Tuned



EU Court Opens Door to Customs on Judea and Samaria Products

( The European Union High Court ruled Thursday that Judea and Samaria are not a part of Israel, and Israeli goods made there are therefore subject to EU import duties.

The ruling determined that Israel has no standing in the Biblical heartland and opens the door to EU import duties on Israeli goods from Judea and Samaria, which would make those products less competitive. The EU has signed accords with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority and presently does not levy customs duties from either.

The court said the EU's agreement with Israel "applies to the territory of the State of Israel" while the one with the PA applies to "the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," according to Associated Press.

Thursday's ruling stems from a German case filed by Brita, a German company that imports soft-drink-making machines from Soda-Club Ltd., an Israeli company based in Mishor Adumim, in the Binyamin region. Brita had asked German customs authorities not to charge it import duties, but the authorities rejected the request. On appeal, a Hamburg appeal court asked the Court of Justice of the European Union for its opinion.

'Political decision'
Industrialists' Federation President Shraga Brosh said that the EU decision to levy customs on goods made in Judea and Samaria is more political than economic in nature. He added that it would be better if the EU focused on advancing economic cooperation between Israel and the PA, instead of being dragged into “disputed legal-diplomatic interpretations,” as he put it.

The court decision “surprised nobody,” IDF Radio quoted a Foreign Ministry source as saying Thursday. “Israel regrets that the ruling legitimizes the campaign against Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria, and is a continuation of the political European campaign against the settlements,” the source added.

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