Defense Minister Ehud Barak responded Thursday to a Foreign Ministry statement that harshly criticized a recent European condemnation of Israeli settlement policy. Speaking to Israel Radio, Barak said that European countries are very relevant and are on our side on the important strategic issues.
The Foreign Ministry had said Wednesday that European countries are "bound to lose their credibility" and are making themselves "irrelevant.”
Barak said that Israel must exercise diplomacy in informing friendly European leaders of their mistake, but avoid entering into direct confrontations.
Barak added that recent statements from Washington about the Iranian capability to build a bomb within a year are accurate, according to the Israel Radio report.