Netanyahu confirms resolve in EU-Israel relations; PM travels to Germany to meet with Merkel; Netanyahu: Major Arab countries are changing their view of Israel
Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that relations between Israel and the European Union are “back on track” ahead of his two-day trip to Germany.
Addressing his Sunday cabinet, Netanyahu stated that “Israel and the European Union have agreed to put relations between us back on track,” reporting that following a conversation with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, that “the EU is opposed to any boycott of Israel, and about their action regarding product labeling.”
He stated “Israel, as a representative of democratic values, is entitled to receive support from Europe and not just criticism, and I think that this step is welcome. Of course, this is not to say that there will not be friction. There are things that we do not agree on. Neither is this to say that there will not be friction with specific countries within the EU, just as there are countries, more than a few, that also support our position. But the fact that the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy has come out strongly against BDS and against economic sanctions against Israel, is, of course, a step in the right direction.”
And on Sunday, Netanyahu addressed a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem where he stated that “Major Arab countries are changing their view of Israel… They don’t see Israel anymore as their enemy, but they see Israel as their ally, especially in the battle against militant Islam with its two fountainheads- the militant Islamists led by Iran, and the militant Islamists led by Daesh [Islamic State]. This is something that is forging new ties, many of them discreet, some of them open.”
Netanyahu will travel to Germany with several predominant Israeli officials and will meet with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday in Berlin.