Ne­tanyahu caught rap­ping ‘crazy’ EU

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

BU­DAPEST, Hun­gary — Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu was caught Wednes­day by a live mi­cro­phone rail­ing against the Euro­pean Union’s “crazy” in­sis­tence on re­solv­ing the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict as a pre­con­di­tion for closer ties.

Ne­tanyahu was meet­ing with lead­ers of Poland, Hun­gary, the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­vakia at a re­gional sum­mit. Ne­tanyahu was dis­cussing Iran, Syria, the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group, and EU-Is­rael re­la­tions when some of his com­ments — and those of other lead­ers at the meet­ing closed to the me­dia — were ac­ci­den­tally broad­cast to jour­nal­ists in an­other room cov­er­ing the con­fer­ence.

Ne­tanyahu also made a rare pub­lic ad­mis­sion that Is­rael has struck Ira­nian arms con­voys in Syria bound for Hezbol­lah “dozens and dozens of times.”

The Is­raeli premier was over­heard blast­ing the EU’s ap­proach to Is­rael, say­ing “it’s crazy. I think it’s ac­tu­ally crazy” that the 28-na­tion bloc main­tains that re­solv­ing the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict must come be­fore closer trade ties.

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