Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on April 23 slammed Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, for personally reiterating the EU’s opposition to Israel's annexation of areas on the West Bank. Targeting Borrell, Katz remarked in a statement, “It’s unfortunate that Josep Borrell, who pretends to be responsible for the foreign relations of the European Union, chooses in this manner to welcome a new government over a central partner to the EU and prefers to see relations between Israel and the EU through the prism of the [COVID-19] pandemic and the ‘status of the territories.’”
Katz also questioned the legitimacy of Borrell going on the offensive against Israel, arguing that Brussels has failed to mobilize support from all the EU member states on the issue. “We wonder which states the honorable gentleman is choosing to represent,” Katz said mockingly. He then thanked unidentified EU members for not backing Borrell’s statement.