BUDAPEST – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against the European Union Wednesday in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. During a closed-session meeting, Netanyahu told the premiers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that the EU's behavior toward Israel was 'crazy.'
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The meeting was held behind closed doors, but Netanyahu's remarks were accidentally transmitted to the headphones distributed among reporters. The transmission was shut down within a few minutes.
“The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu said.
“It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy,” he continued, referring to the EU’s insistence to condition the EU-Association Agreement on certain terms related to the peace process. “It’s not about my interest. I’m talking about Europe’s interest.