EU rejects Netanyahu’s attack on their policy

The European Union on Thursday rejected criticism voiced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a day earlier at a meeting with the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Czech and Slovakia regarding the organization’s conduct towards Israel.

Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against the European Union Wednesday when, during a closed-session meeting, he said the EU’s behavior towards Israel was “crazy”.

 The meeting was held behind closed doors, but Netanyahu’s remarks were accidentally transmitted to the headphones distributed among reporters. The transmission was shut down within a few minutes.

The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu said.

EU has deeper, broader relations with Israel than with almost any 3rd country & we continue to advance them, economic and political” the EU embassy in Israel tweeted on Thursday.

Upgrading to next level must be based on our shared values, incl. respect for international humanitarian law, steps to 2-state solution” the message continued.