Simon - they probably DID expect retaliation, in fact not just expect but counted on it. Problem is, how can 7.7mn Israelis (not all of whom are Jewish, effectively retaliate against 504mn EU citizens? It's called "cutting off your nose to spite your face". Israel is the loser here....
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