General Director of the Commissariat of the European Union for foreign Affairs Helga Schmid last week secretly visited Israel and met with the Director General of the Israeli foreign Ministry Dori Gold.
According to the columnist of the newspaper «Haaretz» Barak Ravid, the purpose of the visit Schmid was the establishment of a dialogue with Israel following a sharp deterioration in relations provoked by the decision of the EU on the labelling of products of Judea and Samaria, Eastern Jerusalem and the Golan heights.
Recall that in response to a received three months ago, a decision Israel has limited its contacts with EU officials «to examine the question of an acceptable level of participation of the European Union in the peace process».
In particular, it was completely stopped socializing with the EU special envoy in the middle East Fernando Gentilini and cancelled rounds of talks on human rights and international organizations.
In addition, Israel started to demolish structures erected by the EU in the zone With that in Jerusalem is considered illegal.
According to Ravid, the EU is unhappy about the situation, and try to take steps to restore relations. At the moment the content of the negotiations is kept secret, but we know that Israel requires a more balanced and less Pro-Palestinian approach, both at the declarative level and at the level of decision making.