FM Lieberman Turns Tables on EU Diplomats

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned a group of European ambassadors Friday to protest against what Israel has described as their countries’ one-sided approach to the Mideast conflict.

Lieberman called in the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain a day after these same countries summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their countries to protest a recent Israeli announcement of new building tenders over the Green Line.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday dismissed EU critics of Israel as hypocrites and called their claims that Jewish building in Yehudah and Shomron harms the peace process as “bogus.”

“When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors to complain about the incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?” he said. “I think it is time to stop this hypocrisy. I think it is time to inject some balance and fairness to this discussion. Because I think this imbalance and this bias against Israel doesn’t advance peace.’”