EU seriously condemns Israeli finance minister over anti-Palestine remarks
The European Union’s foreign policy chief has called on Tel Aviv regime to reject the remarks by Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich denying existence of Palestinian nation.
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Speaking at a news conference, Josep Borrell deplored Smotrich’s “unacceptable” comments.
Borrell pointed out that these remarks “certainly cannot be tolerated” as they “go in the opposite direction” of reconciling Palestinians and Israelis and finding a long-lasting solution in the Middle East.
He called “on the Israeli government to disavow those comments and to start working together with all parties to defuse tensions.”
“I repeat, this is wrong, disrespectful, dangerous and counterproductive” in the current situation when tensions have been rising, Borrell asserted.
Earlier Sunday, Smotrich delivered a speech in Paris, saying the notion of a Palestinian people was artificial.
“There is no such thing as a Palestinian nation. There is no Palestinian history. There is no Palestinian language,” he said in France late Sunday.
He spoke at a memorial event for a French-Israeli right-wing activist who denied the existence of a Palestinian nation and advocated annexation of the West Bank. The lectern was adorned with what appeared to be an image showing the map of Israel that included the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Jordan.