Saturday, May 10, 2008

more carrots of da beast

"Well, there ain't no luck
In these loaded dice
But baby if you give me just one more try
We can pack up our old dreams
And our old lives
We'll find a place where the sun still shines
And I will love you, baby - Always
And I'll be there forever and a day - Always
I'll be there till the stars don't shine
Till the heavens burst and
The words don't rhyme"

(from: Bon Jovi - "Always")

Solana: ‘Israel will always be a key strategic partner for the EU’

EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana (R) with Israeli president Shimon Peres. Photo: EJP RPESS

The State of Israel: Inspired by European thinkers or by God? After Solana it's inspired by the first.
"But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." Daniel 11,38 KGV

"In an interview with the European Jewish Press, Javier Solana stressed that this week’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel "marks the realization of an old dream that was inspired by European ideas and thinkers from Europe." "I express my warmest congratulations to the Israeli leaders and the people of Israel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel. This landmark anniversary honours the ideals of the fathers of your nation," Javier Solana said in the interview with EJP.

Underlining the importance that the European Union attaches to its relations with Israel, Solana added: "I am well aware of the traditional links, the cultural and human values, and the economic and security interests that Europe shares with Israel."
Israel and the European Community first established contractual relations in 1975 by signing a cooperation agreement.Then on the basis of the 1994 Essen EU Council conclusions, which gave Israel privileged status vis-à-vis the EU, the EU concluded an Association Agreement and developed relations even further in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
The ‘Action Plan’ signed in 2005 in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) takes this process still further by setting out in more detail a comprehensive set of jointly developed priorities.
"All this clearly presents a concrete opportunity to continue our ongoing dialogue and also to seek ways to further improve our bilateral relations," Solana said.
The EU diplomat, who made several trips to the Middle East in the last months, also stressed that Israel and the Palestinians should not lose sight of the importance of reaching a peace agreement by the end of 2008.
"Negotiations on final status issues are taking place for the first time since the year 2000...This remains a historic opportunity for peace, it should not be wasted," Solana added."
and from an Interview 23.04.2008 with Jerusalem Post (link):
"It is true that the driving force behind European integration from its very beginning was a clear desire of the then European leaders to overcome old differences and assure a peaceful development of Europe for future generations of our continent. This idea of peace is still very much relevant today - but not only for us, Europeans - it represents a condition sine qua non for the development and a successful future of all the peoples of the Middle Eastern region.
As The High Representative of the European Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,
both in my EU capacity and within the framework of the international Quartet, I strongly and
consistently keep advocating a comprehensive and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict in general and Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. It is indeed a strategic priority for the European Union...."

"Do you as EU High Representative see it as part of your agenda to promote a Free Trade Area or other economic cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors?

It was our own European experience which led us to launching the Barcelona process in 1995 and offering our Mediterranean partners, including Israel, a much needed multilateral approach. The European Neighborhood Policy was designed later to develop the Barcelona process and assists us further in this effort. I can just confirm that Israel plays a very important role in this Partnership, where our main objective is to create a common area of peace, stability and prosperity, including the creation of a Free Trade Area by 2010...."
"We can witness that the European Union is taking this responsibility seriously, for instance through our many European Security and Defense Policy missions, of which the first two operate in the Middle East." (farmer: "or God of forces?")
"Today we are trying to build a new world"

stay tuned!


Rudi said...

Wow Bjorn, Not a pretty picture.
Keep up the good work! I appreciate all your efforts.-Rudi

'Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.' Acts 13:41

Anonymous said...

Re. the photo, that's one helping hand yours truly would kindly refuse.



Roma said...

Yes Farmer, good post. Also noted that Portugal signed on to Lisbon yesterday. The puzzle pieces seem to keep moving into place.
Thanks for your attention to details for us.