Because post-WWII Austrians fail to see the irony in telling Jews where they can live.
NOTE: Jews comprised the single largest group in E.J’lem before the 1948 war.
Austrian minister angers Israel with cancelled trip
Published: 04 Dec 2015 15:57 GMT+01:00
Mitterlehner, who also serves as Austria’s science minister, was set to sign two memoranda of understanding on scientific cooperation between Israel and Austria with Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis.
He was due to fly to Israel on Saturday and the cancellation of the meeting at such short notice was initially blamed on scheduling conflicts, but it later emerged that Austria objected to the meeting’s location.
The Austrian Embassy in Israel told The Times of Israel that Austrian ministers “never go to meetings that are outside the 1967 borders.”
“We could not overcome the declaration of where the meeting was assigned, because meetings which are outside the ’67 lines we do not attend,” the embassy said.
Austria doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War and annexed in 1980.