Ashton and Netanyahu shake hands 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy - GPO)
You gotta love that European Union.
Always at the forefront of the drive
for Mideast peace. So concerned about the sources of malevolence and violence in
the region. Malevolent threats like Jewish families and businesses in Judea and
At the moment, women are being raped left, right and center in
Egypt and Syria, and Christians are being driven out or slaughtered with abandon
in both these locations.
But don’t worry, Christian Europe is right on
top of things. It is tackling those dangerous Israeli settlers raising their
children and developing their businesses in Judea and Samaria.
is fighting side by side with Bashar Assad’s forces of butchery, and is about to
get its hands on sophisticated Russian missiles along with Assad’s bio-chem
But don’t worry, the European Union is sure that Hezbollah is
not a terrorist group.
Instead, Europe is confronting those treacherous
Dame Catherine Ashton of the EU is delicately
tongue-tied about the upheavals in Egypt. (She expressed mere concern, and
mainly about the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.) She is also
perplexed into silence by the sharp increase in Iranian nuclear fuel production
despite the election of Tehran’s new “moderate” poster-boy Hassan Rouhani. (I
think she hiccupped a bit and daintily press-released on the matter this week.)
But have no fear, Ashton is truly hard at work where it counts: Wrestling with
those damn Israeli settlements. They need to be boycotted.
The Kurds –
one of the oldest ethnic groups in the world – don’t have a state. Neither do
the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Uighurs and Tibetans of China, the Basques of
Spain, the Chechens of Russia or the Flemish of Belgium.
in part to the pressures of the sagacious EU, the Palestinians already have two
states: A radical Islamic state in Gaza established by force against Israel’s
will, and an authoritarian state-on paper in the West Bank recognized by the EU
and the UN against Israel’s will. Both Palestinian states are more interested in
tearing Israel down than in building a decent political culture of their
But don’t worry about that. The EU certainly isn’t. Worry about the
real obstacles to peace: Israeli people, good and services in the so-called
“occupied territories.” The EU continues to pour oodles of money into a
financially and politically corrupt Palestinian Authority – well over $7 billion
since Oslo, aside from funds contributed separately by individual EU countries
and additional support for UNRWA. This includes everything from training and
equipment for the PA’s thuggish miniarmies and police forces, salaries for more
than 50,000 PA bureaucrats, antenna towers and studios for the viciously anti-
Semitic and murderer-martyr-glorifying Palestinian TV station, and hundreds of
millions of euros for new PA textbooks which deny any ancient Jewish claim to
Jerusalem and Israel.
But don’t worry. The EU is determined to put a stop
to all fonts of radicalism – like EU scholarships for Hebrew University students
who live in Efrat or Ma’aleh Adumim. After all, these students and their
professors (who might also, G-d forbid, live in the “occupied” Old City of
Jerusalem), are the real threats to peace in the region.
The EU is
perfectly happy to continue lavishing funds on the most viciously anti-Israel
“human rights” groups, including Al-Haq, LAW, Adallah, the Committee against
House Demolitions, the Palestinian Jerusalem Media Communications Center (the
PA’s main propaganda conduit to foreign journalists), and an outfit called the
Middle East Center for Legal and Economic Research, which has received hundreds
of thousands of euros “to identify and appraise Palestinian refugee real estate
holdings in Israel.”
But don’t worry, the EU has crystal-clear ethical
standards. It is determined not to indirectly fund any more scientific research
or productive commercial activity by Israelis who live or work over the Green
The EU is obviously pleased with the long distance (sic) toward
moderation that the Palestinian Authority has traveled over the past 20 years.
(Oops, it hasn’t!) Europe is much less royally pleased with the distance
traveled by Israeli governments, even though Israel has moved from rejecting
Palestinian statehood to begging for it and offering to cede most of the West
Bank and all of Gaza.
But in the warped weltanschauung of the European
Union it is nevertheless logical to pressure Israel and kowtow to the
The EU can’t get its own economic house in order; in fact its
insolvency threatens the entire world economic order. And it handles its own
Muslim populations so well. Nevertheless, Europe is so certain about what
Israel’s borders ought to be that it is going to ram its view down the Jewish
People’s throat via boycott and discrimination.
Europe simply knows
what’s best for the Jews and the Middle East, and it’s going to insist on
Old habits, it seems, die hard. European countries have a knack for
judging and moving Jews. They’re actually quite experienced at banning Jews from
schools and universities, depriving Jews of scholarships, and restricting Jews
to specific pales of settlement.
Don’t you love that evenhanded,
judicious European Union; always at the the forefront of the push for Mideast peace?