Israel responded to the criticism by saying that relations between Israel and the EU were as strong as ever. ‘The partnership and co-operation [between Israel and the EU] when you look at the figures and span of activities, cannot be described as being in crisis,’ Israeli ambassador to the EU Oded Eran told the BBC’s Europe Today programme. ‘There is a wish on both sides to have co-operation with the EU and with our neighbours – When you look at the values that are shared by the Israeli and EU societies it is almost impossible not to have a deepening of relations.’