dinsdag 20 maart 2012

Israëlische leiders veroordelen Ashton in scherpe bewoordingen

Israëlische leiders over een breed front hebben de ziekelijke woorden van de fopminister van Buitenlandse Zaken voor de VU in scherpe worden veroordeeld en willen dat Ashton haar woorden terugneemt.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday condemned a statement made to Palestinian youngsters by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton during a Monday UNRWA event. Ashton listed the morning’s slaying of three Jewish children in Toulouse as one in a series of cases she cited of deaths of children in various “terrible circumstances” around the world, including those killed in Gaza. 

 Defense Minister Ehud Barak also took issue with Ashton’s comments, saying she had erred and that he hoped she would retract. Opposition Kadima leader Tzipi Livni echoed the criticism. Calling Ashton’s statements “inappropriate” for their implied equation of the Toulouse case with the deaths of children in Israeli Army actions in Gaza, Lieberman defended the IDF: “The Israeli army is the most moral army in the world, whose soldiers desperately work to minimize civilian casualties… despite having to fight terrorists operating within a civilian population.” 

 Lieberman, who is currently visiting China, said he hoped Ashton would review her comments and retract them, adding that he would like to hear her opinion on the plight of Israeli children living in fear of rocket attacks from Gaza.