Occupied Jerusalem: Israel has cancelled a high-level meeting with a visiting Norwegian dignitary after he held talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Esmail Haniya of Hamas, Israeli officials said yesterday.
They said a senior Foreign Ministry official was to have hosted Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen in the morning but the meeting was cancelled under a policy instituted after Hamas won Palestinian elections last year.
"Foreign dignitaries who meet with the Hamas leadership will not have meetings with Israeli officials. This was a decision taken in 2006," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.
"By recognising an unreformed extremist, you are reinforcing that extremism."
Civil defence drill
Thousands of police, soldiers and rescue service personnel took part yesterday in the biggest civil defence exercise ever held in Israel, police said. The forces acted out a host of scenarios under which Israel suffered multiple, simultaneous attacks.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16