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JERUSALEM (AP) — The European Union mentioned Monday that it canceled a diplomatic reception to stop a radical ultranationalist Israeli minister from attending.

The act of protest by the EU’s delegation to Israel in opposition to a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities, probably the most non secular and ultranationalist within the nation’s historical past, may trigger a diplomatic spat between Israel and the EU.

Relations already have been strained over Israeli insurance policies within the occupied West Financial institution.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, the chief of the Jewish Energy faction, serves as the national security minister and was assigned to signify the Israeli authorities on the EU’s Europe Day occasion on Tuesday.

International Minister Eli Cohen mentioned Sunday in a Kan radio interview that Ben-Gvir had been assigned by the federal government secretary to attend “not as a consultant of the Jewish Energy get together … however to signify the federal government of Israel.”

The EU mentioned that it determined “to cancel the diplomatic reception, as we don’t need to supply a platform to somebody whose views contradict the values the European Union stands for.” The rest of the general public occasion would happen as scheduled.

Ben-Gvir is a former far-right activist and hard-line West Financial institution settler who has been convicted of incitement and help for a Jewish terror group. As the federal government’s consultant on the Europe Day occasion, Ben-Gvir would have addressed attendees.

“It’s a disgrace that the EU, which pretends to signify democratic values and multiculturalism, behaves with undiplomatic gagging,” Ben-Gvir mentioned.

Netanyahu returned to workplace in December on the head of a coalition that features ultra-Orthodox events and non secular ultranationalists, together with Ben-Gvir’s small Jewish Energy faction. The federal government has put enlargement of West Financial institution settlements as a prime precedence. The EU, together with many of the worldwide group, considers Jewish settlements within the West Financial institution and east Jerusalem unlawful below worldwide legislation and obstacles to peace with the Palestinians.

Israel captured the West Financial institution, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip within the 1967 Mideast conflict. The Palestinians search all three areas for a future unbiased state.

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