Israeli UN Envoy Calls Out European Union for ‘Infinite Hypocrisy’ on Treatment of Jewish State
Israel’s UN envoy called out the European Union on Sunday for its “infinite hypocrisy” regarding its treatment of the Jewish state.
Ambassador Danny Danon tweeted:
As Syrian children are killed in chemical attacks & Iran calls Israel a “cancerous tumor”,the EU chooses to only condemn the demolition of illegal commercial buildings in east Jerusalem,done at the request of the residents&in cooperation with the city. This is infinite hypocrisy!
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) November 25, 2018
Danon was responding to an EU statement published on Saturday, which said:
Last week, Israeli authorities demolished around 20 Palestinian commercial buildings in the Shuafat Refugee camp in East Jerusalem, only weeks after the Jerusalem municipality advanced plans for close to 800 new housing units in the Israeli settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Ramot in East Jerusalem. In addition, settlers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan are continuing proceedings that could lead to the eviction of up to 700 Palestinians living in the area.
The European Union is strongly opposed to Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions and demolitions. The EU expects the Israeli authorities to reconsider and reverse these decisions.
The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.
In response to Danon’s tweet on Sunday, the EU pointed out that it had in fact condemned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his comments on Israel:
— EU in Israel (@EUinIsrael) November 25, 2018
On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted:
PM Netanyahu: “Israel knows very well how to defend itself from the murderous Iranian regime. Rouhani’s slander which calls for the destruction of Israel proves again why the nations of the world need to join the sanctions against the Iranian terrorist regime which threatens them
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) November 24, 2018