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Israeli PM Dubs EU Criticism Over US Decision on Jerusalem 'Double Standard'

© AP Photo / Matt DunhamIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives an address at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives an address at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Netanyahu is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris amid an ongoing crisis after Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"I respect Europe, but I am not ready to accept its double standards. I hear voices, which condemn Trump's historic decision, but I do not hear condemnation of rocket shelling against Israel or the horrible incitement campaign against us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before departing to France.

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The statement comes after US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which sparked a negative reaction in many countries around the world.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already received a lengthy reprimand from his European colleagues on Trump's decision during his recent five-day tour through Europe.

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Netanyahu is expected to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Sunday and later to travel to Brussels to meet with the European foreign ministers.

The visit of the Israeli prime minister to France sparked protests in Paris the day before, with hundreds of people taking to the streets, holding posters that depict Benjamin Netanyahu as a "war criminal" and photographs of French President Emmanuel Macron marked "accomplice." 

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