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Posts For: June 19, 2008

Italy’s Foreign Minister Admits EU Anti-Semitism

Italy’s newly appointed Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, said:

I have to admit, if I look at the past, EU has taken on some occasions an unbalanced stance vis a vis Israel, even by making an unacceptable confusion between the legitimate political criticism of the Israeli gut and the sentiment of intolerance against Jewish people that can become anti-Semitism.

This is a remarkable admission. To those familiar with EU-Israel relations, this is not news, but I can’t remember the last time someone so prominent made such a frank statement.

Italy’s newly appointed Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, said:

I have to admit, if I look at the past, EU has taken on some occasions an unbalanced stance vis a vis Israel, even by making an unacceptable confusion between the legitimate political criticism of the Israeli gut and the sentiment of intolerance against Jewish people that can become anti-Semitism.

This is a remarkable admission. To those familiar with EU-Israel relations, this is not news, but I can’t remember the last time someone so prominent made such a frank statement.

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