Catherine Ashton, Foreign Policy Chief of the European Union, stated Monday that she opposes boycotting Israel, yet, affirmed the EU opposes Israel construction and expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.Her statements came during a press release, following a meeting with the 28 European Foreign Ministers, in Brussels.
Ashton said the stances of the EU regarding Israelâs settlements have not changed, and denounced Israelâs settlement construction and expansion activities.
âThe EU does not want the isolation of Israel and its companiesâ, she said. âWe are trying to find a peaceful solution to the conflictâ.
She added that the European Union supports all efforts of U.S. Secretary John Kerry in trying to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ashton further stated the European Union intends to provide Israel and the Palestinian Authority with what she described as âan unprecedented packageâ that includes support measures for both Israel and the Palestinians, should they sign a peace agreement.