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Report: Israeli official reprimands EU diplomats

Aug. 8, 2011 5:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2011 5:29 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- European diplomats said the head of Israel's National Security Council aggressively berated them for European policies towards Israel in a July political-security briefing, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Monday.

Yaakov Amidror was "aggressive, contemptuous and arrogant," one of the ambassadors told Haaretz. "Some of the ambassadors were genuinely traumatized."

The report said Amidror slammed the European Union for constantly criticizing Israel but refraining from condemning the Palestinians at the July 14 diplomatic event, saying that the EU was unable of being balanced.

Amidror urged the EU diplomats, "You need to speak more like Hillary Clinton and less like [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergey Lavrov," the report said.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Haaretz reported, said Amidror "expressed his opinion at the forum of European Union ambassadors in a direct and candid manner, but he wasn't insulting or patronizing as claimed."
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