Europe's obsession with the 'peace process'
And you thought the Obama administration was bad.... In a review of Europe's relations with Israel in the upcoming year, Benny Weinthal quotes senior research fellow Tommy Steiner, who says that Europe is so obsessed with the 'peace process' because it has nothing else to offer
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has done the opposite with regard to
Europe. His blunt comment last week, “What the UN says doesn’t interest
me,” could apply to the Europeans, including Israel’s main EU partner,
Germany, which abandoned him during the November 29 General Assembly
vote on the PLO upgrade to non-member state status. Netanyahu directed
his salty rejoinder to the UN’s (and the EU’s) permanent pastime:
opposing apartment construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
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Steiner, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and
Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, wrote to The
Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, “It appears Europe’s near-obsession with the
peace process and the settlements stems from a belief that it has
nothing to offer in addressing the other, more pressing challenges.
While I personally believe that the resolution of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is urgent and important for Israel’s
national security, the European fixation on settlements has not only
failed to yield any beneficial outcomes, it has been counterproductive.”
Steiner, Europe’s blind spots consist of failing to confront the rise
of an imperialistic Iran in the Middle East, and the growth of terror
and crime networks in Sinai and in a post-Bashar Assad Syria.
an Israeli who actually believes in the European project and in
anchoring Israel in the West and enhancing EU-Israel relations, one can
only hope that EU officialdom would acquire a more realistic, in-depth
and broad understanding of the Middle East and the principal forces
shaping the region,” said Steiner.
Labels: European anti-Semitism, European Union, German-Iranian trade, Iranian nuclear threat, Middle East peace process