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EU Chief Borrell's call for European Council meeting with FM Katz is anti-Israel diplomatic move, says Israeli official

EU Chief Borrell's call for European Council meeting with FM Katz is anti-Israel diplomatic move, says Israeli official

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EU Chief Borrell's call for European Council meeting with FM Katz is anti-Israel diplomatic move, says Israeli official

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has invited Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz to attend the European Union Association Council, which is responsible for managing bilateral diplomatic relations between the EU and Israel. This move comes after Belgium, Ireland, and Spain threatened Israel with various sanctions if it did not end its military operation against Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Israeli officials believe that Borrell is planning to use the forum as a diplomatic vehicle for pushing his agenda against Israel. Borrell reportedly wants the EU Council meeting with Katz to take place in June, when Belgium is heading the council. However, Israel is likely to postpone the high-level meeting to July, when Hungary, a far more friendly nation towards Israel, takes over the rotating presidency of the council. Katz has reportedly already instructed Israeli embassies across Europe to prepare their respective diplomatic responses to potential anti-Israel policies. The UN chief's policies have notably caused tensions within European Jewry, with over 100 heads of European Jewish communities and pro-Israel organizations gathered in Amsterdam, Holland, recently to protest "the clear and repeated anti-Israel bias of the European Union's foreign minister, Josep Borrell, which has been a significant contributor to the current waves of antisemitism and the slander against the State of Israel among the European public." Spain, Ireland, and Norway have unilaterally recognized "Palestine" as an independent state, leading to further deterioration of their respective ties with Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz condemned Spain’s Second Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Díaz for embracing the anti-Israel slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” widely used among extremists who call for the destruction of the Jewish state. Katz equated Díaz with Hamas terrorist leaders who call for Israel's destruction and accused President Sánchez of being complicit in inciting the murder of the Jewish people and war crimes. Israeli officials are allegedly hoping its European friends, including Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, will oppose the anti-Israel agenda.

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