EU’s Federica Mogherini cancels trip to Israel, after Netanyahu snub

A Foreign Affairs source said they were confused after hearing that EU foreign affairs chief had canceled her visit to Israel.
– The diplomatic source said she wasn’t invited by Israel, since “Mogherini’s positions are very hostile toward Israel.”
– Apparently a pro-Israel organization had invited her to speak at their conference.

By Guy Cohen


EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has cancelled her visit to Israel, which was planned to take place Sunday, after learning that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not want to meet her.

A diplomatic source said: “She was invited by a pro-Jewish organization to their conference, and not by Israel. Mogherini’s positions are very hostile toward Israel.”

Federica Mogherini of the European Union and Javad Zarif of Iran in the Salle forum – Photo: US Dept of State

Israeli TV’s Hadashot news reported earlier that Mogherini asked to meet with Netanyahu during her stay in Israel next week, but her request was denied.

Mogherini was invited to speak at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum conference in Jerusalem. She is currently in Jordan.

Relations between the EU and Israel have been strained since the EU expressed opposition to the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem. In addition, the EU demanded an investigation into the arrest of Arab nationalist Ja’afar Farah during a violent demonstration in Haifa.

The EU reportedly said that the visit was cancelled because the time at which she was supposed to speak at the conference clashed with her schedule.


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