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Croatia’s president has announced that she no longer sympathizes with Israel.


The President of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, expressed that he does not support Israel due to their retaliatory actions in Gaza following the recent Hamas attacks. He also condemned the presence of Israeli flags in his country.

During media discussions on Thursday, Milanović criticized Israel for its attacks in Gaza, which have resulted in over 1,500 deaths according to Gaza’s health ministry. He also referred to the Croatian foreign ministry’s decision to show support for Israel by displaying their flag outside their building as “foolish.”

“I have great sympathy for Israel, but they unfortunately lost it in a span of 15 minutes. In Croatia, there is no room for any other flags except in strictly regulated situations,” stated Milanović. “I have condemned the killings committed by Hamas and have expressed my disgust and abhorrence. However, the right to defend oneself does not justify seeking revenge and targeting innocent civilians,” he further explained.

The Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were a reaction to the actions of Hamas militants, who launched multiple attacks and breached the country’s border. These actions resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 individuals and the capture of around 150 hostages who were taken back to Gaza.

According to Milanović, he plans to display the EU and NATO flags in his presidential office below the Croatian flag as he believes they hold different levels of significance and should not be displayed at the same height.

In 2020, Milanović was chosen as president after serving as prime minister of Croatia from 2011 to 2016.

Milanović has made controversial remarks in the past, from comparing the Ukrainian patriotic chant “Slava Ukraini” to a Nazi salute, to threatening to withdraw Croatian troops from NATO forces stationed in Eastern Europe.