Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman chastised Europe on Monday for its hyper-focus on Israeli building over the Green Line, while it ignored the violence that raged in other countries in the region.
“Every day hundreds of people are killed and slaughtered around Israel. We are facing many challenges, more than all of the EU together,” he said.
Europe, he said, “is disregarding this reality.”
“We are trying to survive in a very difficult reality and instead of supporting Israel, you blame Israel every day,” Liberman said.
He spoke in Jerusalem during a joint press conference with Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard.
A reporter asked Liberman if Israel planned to change its policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in light of European frustration over its settlement activity.
European officials and diplomats, the reporter said, “are coming to give you advice. What they hope is that Israel through this friendly advice would change its policies.”