Israel blocks EU’s foreign chief from visiting over critical comments

Josep Borrell's comments include criticism of the judicial overhaul and comparing Jewish settler riots in Huwara to terror attacks made against Israelis, in an address to the European Parliament

The Foreign Ministry reportedly blocked the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell from visiting the country due to his recent critical comments about Israel.
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  • Borrell, who has recently expressed interest in visiting Israel and the West Bank, on Tuesday voiced concerns over the Israeli government's planned judicial reform.
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    EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell
    EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell
    Joseph Borrell
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    Last week, he also published an article in which he compared Israeli settler attacks in the West Bank to Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis. In addition, Borrell criticized Israeli military operations that “frequently cause civilian Palestinian deaths, often without effective accountability” and “illegal settlements” that are “expanding on occupied land.”
    “There's no reason to reward him (Borrell) for his conduct,” an official in the foreign ministry was quoted as saying by the media.
    The move comes after Borrell on Tuesday addressed the European Parliament during a special session on “the deterioration of democracy in Israel” amid the ongoing protests against the judicial overhaul.
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    ג'וזפ בורל שר החוץ של ספרד יהיה שר החוץ של האיחוד האירופי
    ג'וזפ בורל שר החוץ של ספרד יהיה שר החוץ של האיחוד האירופי
    Joseph Borrell
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    He underlined that the EU would not interfere in internal Israeli politics, but “is fully empowered to discuss these dynamics and to understand what happens there with respect to our perception of values and interests in the region."
    Israel’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday had a phone conversation with Borrell, where he condemned both his comments and the EU session.
    “There’s no place for any comparison between Israeli terror victims and Palestinian terrorists supported by the Palestinian Authority,” Cohen said.
    “The intervention of the European Union in Israeli internal politics and the financing of Palestinian activities that encourage incitement and payments to terrorist families must stop,” he stressed.

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