Israel Asks EU Not to ‘Meddle’ in Its Domestic Affairs
Israel asked the European Union on Tuesday to stay out of its internal affairs after a senior EU official criticized Israel’s policies against the Palestinians and the proposed judicial reform, the Middle East Monitor reported.
It was reported that Foreign Minister Eli Cohen made the request in a phone call with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.
According to the Israeli foreign ministry, Cohen asked Borrell to stop funding the Palestinians and denied recent EU comments regarding Israel’s policies against them.
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“There is no place for comparisons and creating a balance between victims of Israeli terrorism and Palestinian terrorists supported by the Palestinian Authority,” Cohen was quoted as saying.
Borrell said in an article last week that Jewish settler violence against Palestinians was increasing and that Israeli military operations were often the cause of Palestinian civilian deaths.
“Israeli settler violence in the West Bank increasingly threatens Palestinian lives and livelihoods – almost always with impunity,” he said.
“Furthermore, Israeli military operations often result in the deaths of Palestinian civilians, often without effective accountability; illegal settlements are increasing on occupied land; and the sensitive status quo regarding Holy Sites is eroding.”
Since the beginning of 2023, more than 80 Palestinians, including 15 children, have been killed in the occupied West Bank.