Foreign Ministry snubs EU envoy over Gaza conflict stance

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Foreign Ministry snubs EU envoy over Gaza conflict stance
Foreign Ministry representatives refused to meet with EU envoy due to dissatisfaction with EU high commissioner's statements.
By LAHAV HARKOV
JUNE 9, 2021

Foreign Ministry representatives refused to meet with European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Sven Koopmans during his recent visit to the region, a diplomatic source confirmed on Wednesday. Israel snubbed Koopmans because of “dissatisfaction” with EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell’s statements during Operation Guardian of the Walls. Among the statements Israel found to be problematic were Borrell’s call for “the immediate cessation of all violence and the implementation of a ceasefire,” when Gazan terrorists’ rockets were still raining on Israel; claims that Israel used disproportionate force; and that there was an “unacceptable number of civilian casualties.”

In addition, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi disputed Borrell’s claim that Hungary was the only one out of 27 EU member states to oppose a statement reflecting the EU commissioner’s views. A European official responded that Borrell’s statements, as well as those by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, all reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself and condemned Hamas targeting civilians.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-...ubs-eu-envoy-over-gaza-conflict-stance-670534
 
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