Israel, the EU, and International Law

Sometimes events provide clarifying moments. The European Union’s response to the prospect of Israel’s annexation of parts of the Jordan Valley, in which several almost entirely Jewish settlement blocs are located, is such a moment. By dressing up cynical political calculations as “the rule of law,” Europe in fact risks undermining Jewish rights and violating the very body of international law EU leaders claim to defend.

Congress makes eleventh-hour attempt to stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2

Russian energy dominance of continental European NATO allies took a slight hit when US lawmakers made a last-minute attempt to derail Nord Stream 2, an undersea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. In a bipartisan move, the US House of Representatives sanctioned the Nord Stream 2 project this week, citing concerns about European energy security.