The EU’s mission to Israel introduced Monday it was canceling a reception it was internet hosting in Tel-Aviv after far-right Israeli Nationwide Safety Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir stated he would attend and provides a speech.
“The EU Delegation to Israel is wanting ahead to celebrating Europe Day on Might 9, because it does yearly,” the mission stated in a press release on Twitter.
“Regrettably, this 12 months we’ve determined to cancel the diplomatic reception, as we don’t need to supply a platform to somebody whose views contradict the values the European Union stands for,” the assertion stated.
A member of parliament from the ultra-nationalist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Energy) social gathering, Ben-Gvir turned minister final December, after his social gathering entered a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to kind what has been described as Israel’s most right-wing authorities ever.
Ben-Gvir is a infamous hard-liner on safety points, and recognized for controversial statements he has made about Israel’s Arab residents.
Final August, when he was nonetheless an MP, Ben-Gvir stated Arab residents who assault Israeli troopers needs to be deported, whereas Jews ought to “sit in jail for a few years” for doing the identical factor.
The Instances of Israel reported Sunday that a number of EU officers had requested the Israeli authorities to ship one other consultant, however Ben-Gvir insisted on attending the occasion on the EU mission, the place he was anticipated to offer a speech.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Fee declined to reply POLITICO Brussels Playbook’s questions on Ben-Gvir’s attendance, saying the Israeli media experiences had been “hypothesis.”
Earlier Monday, Peter Stano, the European Fee’s spokesperson for overseas affairs, stated the EU “[didn’t] endorse the political beliefs of M. Ben-Gvir” and was “consulting internally and likewise with our member states on how you can deal with the state of affairs.”
Gregorio Sorgi contributed reporting.