EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on Monday on the Israeli government to disavow a minister's comments that there was no Palestinian history or culture and no such thing as a Palestinian people.
Borrell told reporters in Brussels that Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich's comments "certainly cannot be tolerated."
"I call on the Israeli government to disavow those comments and to start working together with all parties to defuse tensions," Borrell said.
"I have to deplore these unacceptable comment by Minister Smotrich. It is wrong, it is disrespectful, it is dangerous, it is counter-productive to say this kind of things in a situation which is already tense," he added.