The foreign ministers of Spain and France were furious with their Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, telling him Monday morning during a phone conversation that he had “violated every rule of diplomatic etiquette,” an Israeli source reported on Monday.
During a dinner meeting on Sunday, Lieberman told France’s Bernard Kouchner and Spain’s Miguel Angel Moratinos to “solve your own problems in Europe before you come to us with complaints. Maybe then I will be open to accepting your suggestions.”
Lieberman emphasized to that “Israel will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010,” at their meeting at the foreign ministry offices in Jerusalem.
During the telephone conversation between the three FMs Monday, the European ministers voiced their extreme dismay with the fact that details of the meeting were made public an hour after it took place. “You violated our trust,” they said to Lieberman.