Israeli President Moshe Katsav is firmly in favor of his country joining the European Union, he said in an interview in the Sunday, March 11, edition of Bild newspaper.
"We already work closely with the EU and I hope that this cooperation will be deepened. Yes, I would like Israel to be a member of the European Union," Katsav told Bild am Sonntag.
"We are a democratic state and we are economically and technologically at the European level. I hope there will be no resistance to our membership," he added
In the interview, the Israeli head of state said the idea that the Palestinians are the victims of Israeli racism was the reverse of the truth. "The Palestinians are not the victims but the culprits," he said.
Katsav said Israel was "ready to make painful compromises" in order to reach peace with the Palestinians. "But one must realize that Israel has not been in such danger as it is today for nearly 30 years." — (AFP, Berlin)
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