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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Israel’s Finance Minister has taken a swing at the European Union in response to the statement by its foreign policy czar saying the Golan Heights remains an “occupied” territory.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement Tuesday that the position of the European body regarding the Golan Heights remains unchanged. Her remarks followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s proclamation formally recognizing the region as a part of the State of Israel.

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“The EU’s position on the Golan Heights has not changed, and the EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights,” she said.

“We will not accept moral preaching from people who are holding above water the economy of the Iranian terrorist regime — those opponents to peace, the Axis of Evil, which the entire world knows,” Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in response.

“The Golan Heights is an inseparable part of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.