Netanyahu: Too many in Europe have learned nothing from the slaughter of 6 million Jews - PM slams EU for decisions to take Hamas off terror blacklist, recognize Palestinian state - 17 December 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the “staggering examples of European hypocrisy,” that were exhibited Wednesday in the EU decisions to remove Hamas from the terror blacklist and to symbolically recognize a Palestinian state.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with visiting Republican Senator Joni Ernst, Netanyahu said, “In Geneva they call for the investigation of Israel for war crimes while in Luxemburg the EU court removed Hamas from the terror list. Hamas that has committed countless war crimes and countless terror attacks.”
He referenced the Holocaust, saying that, “It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil 6 million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing. But we in Israel, have learned.
"We’ll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy," Netanyahu said.
The EU’s External Action Service said an EU court’s decision earlier in the day taking Hamas off the EU’s terrorist list was a legal, not a political decision, that will likely be appealed.
“This legal ruling is clearly based on procedural grounds and it does not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive reasons for the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization, read the statement by the EEAS, which is led by EU foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini and is essentially the EU’s foreign service.
“It is a legal ruling of a court, not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The EU continues to uphold the Quartet principles,” the statement read. The Quartet principles ban engagement with Hamas until it forswears terrorism, recognizes Israel, and accepts previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
The statement said that the EU institutions were carefully studying the ruling and “will decide on the options open to them. They will, in due course, take appropriate remedial action, including any eventual appeal to the ruling. In case of an appeal the restrictive measures remain in place.”