Belgium MEP Would 'Strangle' Israeli Diplomat

Véronique De Keyser would like to “strangle” Israel's ambassador if he discussed Israel’s security with her. Haniyeh meets EP delegation.

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Member of the European Parliament for Belgium Véronique De Keyser stated in an address that she would like to “strangle” Israel's ambassador if he discussed Israel’s security with her.

Addressing an organization called the European Left Group last Wednesday, De Keyser opined that the European Parliament was showing “passivity” on the issue of "Palestinian prisoners" (a reference to convicted Arab terrorists from Judea, Samaria and Gaza being held in Israeli jails), and complimented the Palestinian Authority Arabs for their “moderation and maturity."

“I wonder how they are able to limit violence in the territories given the background,” she said. “If the Israeli ambassador comes in the future to speak of Israel’s security, I feel like I want to strangle him.”

The event, held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, was part of a campaign for the release of Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah terror leader serving a life sentence in Israel for his role in several murderous attacks.

French MEP Francis Wurtz, who heads the European United Left, announced that the appeal for the EU to recognize the "Palestinian national unity government" had already been signed by some sixty members of the European parliament.
The Foreign Office: 'her words are not worthy of a response'


MEP De Keyser called on the German EU presidency “to differentiate between its positions on the Holocaust against the Jews and the current policy of the State of Israel.” Apparently trying to compare Israel with Nazi Germany while showing her supposed evenhandedness with regard to neck-wringing, she also said "one must wring the neck of the European and German culpability [sic] on the Shoah."

Israel National News asked the Israeli Foreign office for its reaction to De Keyser's statements. The Foreign Office only said that "her words are not worthy of a response."

Terrorist PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh received a European Parliament delegation in his office in Gaza City on Tuesday. According to a PA-based news agency, the twelve delegates told Haniyeh that they recognize his government and cooperate with it and that their visit represents "a clear expression" of this.