The EU directive is similar to the one signed in 1972 between the US and Israel, in which Israel pledged to limit projects within the 1967 borders in exchange for scientific funds.  The Guidelines do not limit the subsidies granted by each EU Member State. Before the guidelines were published, there was a political and media storm in Israel.  The news media proposed that Israel act against the EU. “The EU is concerned about reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Defense Minister has announced a series of restrictions on EU activities on behalf of the Palestinian people,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for the EU Foreign Affairs Representative, Catherine Ashton. We have not received any official notification from the Israeli authorities. Our delegations on the ground are making urgent efforts to clarify the situation.  The EFTA states signed a free trade agreement with Israel on September 17, 1992 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Agreement entered into force on 1 January 1993. On 22 November 2018, modernised and extended bilateral agricultural agreements were signed in Geneva. These new agreements will enter into force and replace the existing agreements after ratification by the respective EFTA States and Israel. For more information on the new agreements, see below on this page….