Netanyahu urges European Union to end its 'hypocritical and hostile stance' toward Israel

Netanyahu calls EU's stance toward Israel

Netanyahu calls EU's stance toward Israel "hypocritical"

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out on Friday about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's.

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"This is a process that will take time, but I believe in setting a goal and striving for it systematically, and I believe that this too will be achieved over time", Netanyahu continued, before departing for the Black Sea city of Varna.

"The larger problem is Iran and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been doing over the last few weeks in Europe", said Netanyahu. The Trump administration, which has brought United States policy sharply in line with Israel's, has also sought closer s relations with Saudi Arabia.

"We have a threat that can become an existential threat - the threat of a nuclear Iran, the threat of terror, the threat of spreading through Syria and Lebanon".

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During the trip, the first lady was also criticized for wearing a pith helmet , a hat most commonly associated with colonialists. Rooms at the luxury hotel range from $119 to $699 per night, according to the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo's website.

Referring to what he said were two Iran-backed terrorist plots that Israel had helped foil in Europe, he added: "Blocking Iran is uttermost on our agenda for security, not merely for Israel but I believe for Europe and the world as well".

Netanyahu's comments came a day after reports said that he had urged the White House to go easy on the crown prince - who is close to first son-in-law Jared Kushner - despite mounting outrage over Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Israel has been quietly courting Gulf Arab states which share its suspicion of Tehran.

"I leave now to a summit of countries, and I will meet with my friends, the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and the Serbian president", Netanyahu said. The premier made the remarks as he left Israel for talks with four eastern European leaders in Bulgaria.

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