Barak tells Ashton: Palestinian UN bid is counterproductive

August 28, 2011 18:08


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton during her visit to the country, and told her that Israel is "determined to bring anyone who carries out terror attacks against us, whether from across the border [with Egypt] or from Gaza, to justice."

Ashton was in the region for a last-minute bid to bring Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table before the Palestinian Authority heads to the United Nations seeking statehood recognition. Barak told her that the Palestinian decision to head to the UN is misguided and "counterproductive."

Ashton will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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