Netanyahu calls EU's stance toward Israel "hypocritical"


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off Thursday to Bulgaria for meetings with political leaders from Balkan nations, which he said would focus on strengthening diplomatic ties and pushing for a change in the European Union's "hypocritical and hostile stance" toward Israel.

"What happened at the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with".

"Yet the same time I say it, it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", Mr Netanyahu said.

Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get the paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Seven killed as gunmen attack bus carrying Egyptian Christians
Church spokesman Bouls Halim said the death toll in Friday's attack south of the capital Cairo was likely to rise. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Netanyahu declared that his killers should be somehow punished, but that his overriding concern was the kingdom's role in thwarting Iran's Mideast ambitions, which include the destruction of Israel. "Because I think that the larger problem is Iran". "Blocking Iran is at the top of our agenda for security, not merely for Israel but I believe for Europe and the world as well", he added, referring to a pair of recent plots thwarted by Iran's targets.

In Bulgaria, Netanyahu will attend an global summit and meet with the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia, which is not a member of the EU.

The premier said the objective of the visit was to strengthen Israel's relationship with each of those countries, but also to promote his agenda with the European bloc, which he has long chastised for what he claims is an anti-Israel bias.