Israel: Schulz tells Welt he can't only say popular things

Pro-Israel speech, bound to represent EU position, he says

13 February, 12:56

    (ANSAmed) - BERLIN, FEBRUARY 13 - European Parliament President Martin Schulz told German daily Die Welt in an interview published Thursday that he was bound ''to represent the position of the European Parliament'' in a controversial address to the Knesset the previous day. ''Naturally, I can't only say thinks that please all'', he was quoted as saying by the paper.

    Schulz was referring to a speech he gave Wednesday at the Israeli parliament during which the economy minister left the assembly in protest. ''I gave a speech in favor of Israel'', added Schulz, who was criticized for asking whether it was true Palestinians had no water.

    Schulz said he was surprised by the strong reaction to his address, adding however that several lawmakers from different parties and government members applauded at the end of his address. ''People who protested are hard-liners who react to every word of criticism in this way'', he added. ''They also attacked US Secretary of State John Kerry in the same way'', he concluded. (ANSAmed).

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