EU Foreign Minister Javier Solana said Wednesday he believes the Golan rightfully belongs to Syria. Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said later in the day that Europe is “selling Israel out for money.”
Solana, who handles foreign policy for the European Union, made the remark after he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“The EU would like to work as much as possible to see your country Syria recuperate the territory taken in 1967," Solana told him. Solana and his Syrian counterpart later held a joint press conference.
Solana visited Syria for the first time in two years. His visit was preceded by stops in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
Earlier Wednesday, speaking before a delegation of visiting Jewish American establishment leaders, Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman had said that Europe is "selling out Israel for economic interests." He cited Europe’s objections to the placement of strong sanctions on Iran to deter the Islamic Republic from going nuclear.
Lieberman said Europe was acting out of the same considerations that led it to allow the Holocaust to happen. "There is no other explanation," he said.
Lieberman said last week that if the international community failed to stop Iran, Israel could and would take the necessary steps on its own. "We can face [Iran] even if we are left to face them one-on-one," he said.