Bulgaria is one of the countries Israel looks to for help inside the European Union, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday before a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
“I want to thank you for your consistent defense of Israel in international forums, including in the EU,” Netanyahu said at a photo opportunity with Borrissov.
“It’s time that all of Europe’s leaders understood that Israel is the one that defends the interests – our common interests – in the Middle East, both in terms of security and in many, many other ways.”
Bulgaria is one of the countries that Israel looks to from time to time to soften statements or resolutions coming out of Brussels regarding Israel and the Palestinians.
It is also one of the EU countries – along with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus and Greece – that often break with other EU countries in votes on Israel in international bodies, abstaining rather than voting against it.
One glaring exception, however – and one that Netanyahu did not mention in his statement – was Bulgaria’s vote in the UN General Assembly in December condemning the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.