The EU should adopt policies toward Israel similar to those taken by the moderate Arab states in the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini at a meeting in Davos on Thursday.
His comments came just days after the European Union Foreign Affairs Council adopted resolutions on the Middle East that were sharply critical of Israel.
An improvement in the EU’s ties with Israel would lead to an improvement in Israel’s ties with the Palestinians, the prime minister said. The longheld position in Jerusalem is that the sharp disagreement between the EU and Israel gives the Palestinians a false hope that if they just hold out long enough, the EU will somehow be able to “deliver” Israel.
This was the first meeting between the two since a brief encounter in Paris at another international gathering.
Netanyahu said at the time that Israel was suspending contacts with the EU regarding the diplomatic process because of its decision to label products from the settlements.