Occupied Jeeusalem (In Palestine Today)- An Israeli occupation official yelled at a delegation of European diplomats during a recent meeting at Israel’s foreign ministry, after the envoys raised objections to Israel’s settlement-construction plans.
Israeli Walla reported on Thursday, that the meeting, which took place two weeks ago and was supposed to be a routine discussion about the situation in the occupied West Bank, quickly deteriorated into a dressing down by the Israeli minister.
The British-led delegation presented concerns in an official letter to Aliza Bin Noun, Israel’s former ambassador to France who now serves as the director of the European Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, about the construction of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighbourhood and in the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Ma’ale Adumim settlement.
“After everything the new Israeli government has been doing for the Palestinians, you come to complain?” Bin Noun was quoted by Walla as saying.
Refusing to address the points raised by the diplomats and ambassadors from 16 European countries, Walla reported that Bin Noun reportedly told them, “You are pissing me off.”
The Europeans said the meeting broke down and concluded in a “big crisis”, according to Walla.
Lior Haiat, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson, appeared to confirm the report, telling Walla that “sometimes, European positions are presented in a manner that is unacceptable to us and this deserves a sharp and clear response, even if our reaction isn’t nice toward the Europeans”.