Leaving for Bulgaria, Netanyahu calls on EU to end its ‘hypocritical and hostile stance’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes off to Bulgaria for meetings with political leaders from Balkan nations, which he says will focus on strengthening diplomatic ties and pushing for a change in the European Union’s “hypocritical and hostile stance” toward Israel.

“This is a process that will take time, but I believe in setting a goal and methodically striving for it and I also believe this too we will achieve over time,” Netanyahu says before departing for the Black Sea city of Varna.

“This is an important thing for the State of Israel whose status is on the rise in the world,” he adds.

Netanyahu does not specify which of the EU’s policies he takes issue with, but he has previously been at loggerheads with the bloc over the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iran nuclear deal.

In Bulgaria, Netanyahu will meet with the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia. The latter is not a member of the EU.

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