A routine meeting between the Foreign Ministry’s director and the EU envoys last week turned into a protest by the European states against Israel’s plan to demolish a Bedouin village.
The European Union is demanding that Israel stop demolishing Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank, and particularly in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar near Ma’aleh Adumim, since this would entail forced transfer of the residents and be a violation of the Geneva Convention.
According to Israeli and European diplomats, the sharp message in the name of all EU members was delivered last week by EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen to new Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem.
The Israeli and European diplomats said that last week Rotem held his first meeting with the ambassadors of all the EU member states in Israel. The meeting, held in the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, was meant to be a routine briefing for the envoys, but it turned, at least at first, into a confrontation regarding government policies in Area C, where Israel has full civilian and security control.
Immediately after the meeting began, Faaborg-Andersen announced that he was taking advantage of the meeting to deliver a message that had been approved by the EU’s security and diplomacy commission, on which all 28 member states are represented. The document, obtained by Haaretz, is very strongly worded and describes Israel as an “occupying power.”
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