Israel asked the European Union on Tuesday not to meddle in its internal affairs after Israeli policies against the Palestinians and the planned judicial overhaul were criticised by a senior EU official. The request was made by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in a telephone call with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, APA reports citing Middleeastmonitor.
According to the Israeli foreign ministry, Cohen asked Borrell to stop funding Palestinians and denounced recent EU comments on Israeli policies against them. "There is no place for comparisons and creating a balance between Israeli terror victims and Palestinian terrorists supported by the Palestinian Authority," Cohen was quoted as saying.
Borrell said in an article last week that Israeli settler violence was escalating against Palestinians and that Israeli military operations frequently caused the death of Palestinian civilians. "Violence on the part of Israeli settlers in the West Bank is increasingly threatening Palestinian lives and livelihoods – almost always with impunity," he pointed out. "Moreover, Israeli military operations frequently cause civilian Palestinian deaths, often without effective accountability; illegal settlements are expanding on occupied land; and the delicate status quo concerning Holy Sites is eroding."