What has Israel experienced from Europe recently as it was assaulted by
Palestinian terror and diplomacy? How do we define the attitude, words and deeds
of European Union ministers and diplomats? What they have done and said can only
be interpreted as closed-mind diplomacy in the service of our enemy.
how events unfolded. Although most condemned the Hamas missile attacks against
Israel, they failed to follow their condemnation with any punitive measures
against a Palestinian terror regime that is guilty of multiple international
crimes ranging from terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity, incitement
to murder and anti-Semitism, to name but a few. In other words, apart from a
verbal wrist-slapping, EU ministers let them off the hook, saving their real
venom for what was to come.
Just days after showing the world the face of
terror, Palestinians had the gall to go to the United Nations to apply for and
receive the ill-deserved award of non-member state status. This move was a
breach of signed agreement with Israel that they would refrain from such
unilateral steps. It should have been roundly rejected by the parties that acted
as witnesses to the signing of the Oslo Interim Agreement on the White House
lawn in 2003. This contract was to be the cornerstone of the road map instigated
and executed by the Quartet made up of the US, Russia, United Nations and
Article 31 stated, “Neither side shall initiate or take
any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending
the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”
Staggeringly, only one
European state, Czechoslovakia, did the honorable and correct thing by voting at
the UN against the Palestinian breach of contract. The Czech vote against the
motion may have been a minority action but it was the right and moral stance to
take. It should remind their European colleagues of the meaning of standing by
signed international commitments.
But the Czechs were alone. The rest of
Europe abandoned their responsibilities as witnesses and founders of the road
map by marching to the aid of our enemy, an enemy that had just bombed us with
more than a thousand rockets and called for our destruction, and listened to our
enemies’ leaders deny our right to exist as the Jewish nation from the podium of
the UN, and from Gaza and Ramallah.
Despite all of this, the Europeans
encamped on the side of our enemy and voted in their favor, without any
condemnation of Palestinian terrorism or the hate speech heard at the podium of
the United Nations General Assembly. Mahmoud Abbas’s speech was inflammatory
incitement, yet it won the support of the EU foreign ministers.
brought Hamas, an Islamic terror organization that had just fired 1,300 rockets
into Israel, one step closer to statehood. This is insanity, yet EU diplomats
voted for them by their support of the Palestinian statehood bid.
madness, yet they look on it as one step to peace. Are they crazy, or are they
on the side of Israel’s enemy? The next stage was the rampant victory
celebrations in Gaza and Ramallah.
More speeches were made calling for a
Palestinian state “from the river to the sea,” in other words, in place of
Israel. It was to be achieved, they said, by diplomacy or by terror and war. To
emphasize this point the backdrop of their event in Gaza was the placement,
center-stage, of a huge replica of a rocket to be employed to achieve their
Where was the voice of the EU diplomats? Total silence! It was only
when Israel announced a review of planning for 3,000 homes in Jerusalem and
Ma’aleh Adumim that the venom of the EU come to the surface.
seems, are the real obstacle to peace for EU foreign ministers.
rockets, not terror, not declarations of intent to destroy Israel, not denial of
Israel’s rights to exist as the Jewish state and to develop its infrastructure.
Only Israeli homes warrant the threat of EU sanctions. No such sanctions have
ever been applied or threatened against the Palestinians, no matter what evil
they have wrought. EU foreign ministers are clearly on the side of our
Where have they ever considered the territories of Judea and
Samaria, known to them as the West Bank, for what they really in legal terms –
disputed? It is evident, in Israeli terms, that the land is rightfully,
historically, and legally, a part of Israel. It was never “Palestinian.” If it
was “occupied” at all, it was occupied by the Jordanians who had launched an
aggressive war, alongside other Arab regimes, against Israel in 1948, before it
was recaptured by Israel in yet another genocidal war waged against the Jewish
state by the Arabs, including Jordan, in 1967.
Despite this, Israel has
made huge land concessions to the Palestinians and retains only what is called
Area C with barely 3 percent of the Palestinian Arabs, and sizable Israeli
townships that, according to accepted logic, will remain part of sovereign
Israel after any permanent peace agreement.
So what is the fuss of
European contention all about? It is about a stubborn policy that complies with
the Palestinian phased plan that leads, irrevocably, not to peace but to the
unraveling and destruction of Israel.
What is the core problem with these
EU diplomats? They surely are not bent on the destruction of Israel, just as
Neville Chamberlain was not hell-bent on the destruction of Czechoslovakia when
he signed a “Peace in our time” agreement with Hitler that deprived the Czechs
of Sudetenland before the Nazi jackboots marched into Prague. But that could be
the result here in the Middle East if EU diplomats do not face reality in 2013
and stop appeasing a determined enemy.
Could it be that they lack the
depth of intelligence that prevents them from reaching a proper solution? Are
they trapped in a narrow mind-frame that leaves them unable to think out of the
box, preferring to cling to a utopian policy that has long demonstrated its
illusions? They are not able to extract themselves from the insurmountable
obstacle blocking their route, nor are they capable of navigating an alternative
path to their desired destination.
That obstacle is an artificial
Palestinian schizophrenic entity being fed with EU funding that retains the
notion that it will eventually destroy its peace partner, Israel, that is, if
the two sides of this schizophrenic body do not destroy each other
The EU ministers have set the rules of the game so that the
aggressor, the terrorist entity, must inevitably win. They have closed their
eyes to the fact that peace is not possible until terrorism is
They deny Israel the ability to fight for its survival until
victory is won and we can prepare for a better world. It is clear that, as in an
earlier period, they have misjudged the political landscape.
Steiner, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at
the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, told The Jerusalem Post last month, “As
an Israeli who actually believes in the European project... one can only hope
that EU officialdom would acquire a more realistic, in-depth, and broad
understanding of the Middle East and the principle forces shaping the
Regretfully, the falsehood of the EU diplomatic language is a
deterrent against a Middle East peace as it applies to the Israel-Palestinian
It is prudent to quote Winston Churchill, who castigated the
British political leadership with the words, “You had the choice of choosing war
or dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you got war.”
It seems to me that we
are heading rapidly toward the same fork in the road and the diplomatic world is
following the same dangerous policy of appeasing the wrong side.
blindly pursuing their road map to Israel’s destruction.
Diplomacy is in
the service of our enemy.
Barry Shaw is the author of Israel Reclaiming
the Narrative. He is the special consultant on delegitimization issues to the
Strategic Dialogue Center at the Netanya Academic College.