Netanyahu Caught On Hot Mike Calling European Union 'Crazy'

Jerome Frank
July 20, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on a hot mic Wednesday railing against the European Union's treatment of Israel. Noting that Iran is "trying to build a terror front [in Syria]", he said: "When we see them transferring weapons to Hezbollah, we will hurt them. We've been doing this dozens and dozens of times", he said.

"The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, which produces technology in every area, on political conditions", the Israeli PM was overheard saying on an open microphone.

"There is no logic here", Netanyahu continued.

Although the remarks were not meant to be relayed to the press, they were accidentally transmitted to reporters through headphones.

"It's not about my interest. Previous governments of Hungary sinned during the Second World War when they did not protect the Jews, and we chose to cooperate with the Nazis instead of guarding the Jews", Orban said, adding that he had "made it clear that my government will defend the Jews of the country and that I have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism".

Netanyahu cited China, Russia and India as countries who do business with "innovation giant Israel" and "don't care about political issues". Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, uploaded an audio recording of the prime minister's remarks to the internet. The press conference emphasized Israel's willingness to share its technological and security know-how, as Netanyahu looks for friends on an often hostile continent. "Europe is undermining its progress by a insane attempt to create conditions". "The EU places conditions on the ones already inside the EU, not only the countries on the outside".

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"It's insane. I think it's actually insane", Netanyahu said. "I am not very politically correct".

"I suggest that you deliver a message to your colleagues in Europe about how to help Europe", the Israeli premier told the East European leaders. It's a joke. But the truth is the truth. "Once again we reiterate our acknowledgement towards Israel for what it does for the security of Europe, in the future we would propose that the cooperation between the European Union and Israel becomes better", he said. "Both of these concerns mandate a different policy towards Israel".

They decried as "poisonous" a recent government poster campaign attacking Soros over his alleged support for mass immigration.

Israel has blocked off its border to Syria, where regime forces fight a US-led alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

"With their backing, it will be harder for the European Union to pass resolutions critical of Israel", Middle East expert Peter Lintl said.

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