EU countries tried to prevent condemnation of Hamas

EU countries tried to prevent condemnation of Hamas This is the background of the harsh statements made by Foreign Minister Liberman against the EU countries.

Israel Radio Diplomatic  Affairs Commentator Chico Menashe | 17:11, 12:12:12

http://www.iba.org.il/bet/bet.aspx?type=1&entity=893458

[Translation by IMRA]

Senior officials in Israel say that four EU countries tried to prevent any condemnation or comment on the speech Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal last weekend against Israel. Denmark, Finland, Portugal and Ireland pressured the European foreign ministers to include in their summary only condemnation of Israel.

Our Diplomatic Affairs Commentator learned that only thanks to counter-pressure by Germany and the Czech Republic a paragraph was added to the announcement rejecting Hamas’ statements against Israel’s right to exist.

Our Commentator notes that this is the background to the harsh statements made by Foreign Minister Liberman against EU countries.

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IMRA:  The following is the paragraph that was added to the statement:

9.      The European Union reiterates its fundamental commitment to the

security of Israel, including with regard to vital threats in the region.

The European Union will never stop opposing those who embrace and promote violence as a way to achieve political goals. The EU finds inflammatory statements by Hamas leaders that deny Israel’s right to exist unacceptable.

The European Union will never cease its efforts to combat terrorism which seeks to undermine the openness and tolerance of societies through indiscriminate acts of violence against civilians.

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process 3209th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 10 December 2012 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/134140.pdf

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