Israel Protests EU Office in Iran

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel has urged the European Union to reconsider its decision to open a diplomatic office in Iran, calling it a “grave mistake,” The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

Marking the first anniversary of the Iran nuclear agreement, EU Foreign policy head Federica Mogherini referred to the initiative only as “an EU Delegation in Iran,” apparently something less than a full diplomatic mission.

“The European Union supports a strategy of gradual engagement that is comprehensive in scope, cooperative where there is mutual interest, critical when there are differences and constructive in practice,” she said.

In a Foreign Ministry statement, Israel called on the EU to rethink its overtures to the rogue state.

“It is the world’s worst state sponsor of terror. It funds murder throughout the Middle East. It…brutally represses its own people. Iran brazenly violates its international obligations while literally emblazoning its missiles with ‘Israel will be wiped out,’” the statement reads.

“Iran should not be rewarded as it spreads murder and mayhem across the world.”