Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has accused eight European countries of “distorting reality” and “interfering” in Israel’s internal affairs regarding demolition of Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar, news agencies reported.
“Israel expects that its internal affairs and institutions will be dealt with the same dignity and respect as your governments,” the agencies reported Lieberman saying in the letter which was published in the French newspaper Le Monde.
Israel plans to demolish and empty Khan Al-Ahmar village, which is adjacent to Jerusalem and the road to the Dead Sea, home to about 200 Palestinian Bedouins.
The Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition from the Bedouins of the village against the demolition and approved the Israeli claim that the land is owned by the state of Israel.
Earlier, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom warned Israel of the consequences of the destruction of the village.
The EU, along with many UN agencies have already protested against the planned destruction of the village and said this could undermine peace and stability in the Middle East.
Palestinians say the village, which is part of the so-called E-1 area between Jerusalem and the illegal Jewish settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, is “crucial to the territorial continuity of the future Palestinian state”.