President Shimon Peres met with Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Peres stated, "When the Emir of Qatar comes with lots of money and donates it for construction, we have no problem with that. But Europe must understand that the money isn't being used for construction but rather to fire and to kill."
This week the Emir of Qatar made a high profile visit to Gaza and donated large sums of money. Regarding Wednesday rocket barrage on the Israeli south, Peres told Ashton, "you are here during a terrible situation. Right now as we are sitting there are a million people, mothers and children, are sitting in shelters and being bombed."