European Union to boycott Israeli state ceremony

Israel will hold a state ceremony in Gush Etzion this Wednesday marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Judea and Samaria from Jordanian occupation during the Six Day War of June 1967.

As is custom with state ceremonies, Israel extended invitations to the event to representatives of foreign states and bodies.

On Monday, however, Arutz Sheva was informed that the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, will not be attending the event, despite having received a formal invitation.

Staff at Giaufret’s office confirmed that the ambassador had indeed been invited to the ceremony, adding that his decision to snub the event was consistent with the views espoused by the EU’s member states.

Giaufret’s office cited the location of the event as the reason for his refusal to participate.

“The ambassador will attend any official events of the State of Israel over the Green Line.”

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