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Monday, June 15, 2009

Europeans disappointed Netanyahu didn't offer to start swimming, refuse to upgrade relations

Many months ago, Israel and the European Union agreed to upgrade their relations, but the agreement is being held up by the Europeans until they are satisfied that Israel will pursue national suicide the two state solution. If anyone hoped that Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech Sunday night would talk the Europeans out of their catatonic stupor on upgrading relations, they were wrong. The European foreign ministers decided that what Netanyahu said was 'not enough.'
The ministers, who were due to meet Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman later on Monday, questioned the preconditions cited by Netanyahu for establishing a Palestinian state, as well as his defense of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

"That's good but it's only a first step," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said before the talks in Luxembourg.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also said that Netanyahu's speech was "not sufficient."

"Nothing was said on the settlements ... but this stopping of the settlements is essential," said Kouchner, who in an earlier statement rejected any preconditions to peace negotiations.
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Dutch legislator Geert Wilders said bluntly "the EU is not Israel's friend."
Asked about the EU's posture toward Israel and forcing the Islamic Republic of Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program, Wilders said the European Parliament has "always been biased against Israel." He said he regrets "that they (EU) have a foreign minister" and argued that the "European Parliament should not be involved in foreign politics."

Wilders said Israel was the "only light of democracy in the Middle East" and that Islamic war was "against us all." The Jewish state was "more like the canary in the coal mine," he said, and stressed that an "ideological conflict" was unfolding in the region. "It is not a territorial conflict. Please forget about this crazy concept." The Islamists "see Israel as a big settlement" and if Israel "gives Territory A," said Wilders, then the other side will ask for Territory B, "such as Haifa."


Referring to Europe's approach to clamping down on Iran's effort to attain nuclear capability, Wilders said, "Israel is more or less on its own." He termed US President Barack Obama's speech as a "talk of appeasement" and said that without a "strike back in some way" against the Iranian regime, then the international community "will pay a big price."
I'd be inclined to just forget about the Europeans but the upgraded ties are supposed to improve our trade status with them. Of course, since the Europeans seem to be mostly concerned with making sure that no products from areas outside the 1949 armistice lines make it into their holy supermarkets, I'm not sure how much it's worth upgrading ties with them anyway, even on a purely economic basis.

It's certainly not worth committing suicide.


At 10:19 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Agreed, Carl. The world's cemetery full of dead Jews has nothing to offer Israel. And given that Europe doesn't want to import products from Yesha, I don't see what benefit there would be from an upgrade in relations with the EU. The price they ask is not worth the cost of admission.

At 11:42 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

Let's face it: the majority of European MPs, MEPs, government advisors, think-tanks, media hacks, academics, and a sizable proportion of the citizenry would like nothing better than to see Israel disappear into the night. They either benefit directly from Arab petrodollars, or they have been successfully brainwashed into buying the Palestinian victim narrative, or they simply hate Jews. In any event, Israel will never be able to offer enough concessions to satisfy them. She must draw the line somewhere and from there, let the libels, demands, and threats fly.

At 12:47 AM, Blogger waltc said...

I just don't understand how they can't realize the consequences of Israeli destruction. Do they really think the muslims will be satisfied with Israel gone? The muslims would spend exactly 1 day celebrating and then take offense to the existance of Europe. Starting with Spain (or andelusia) they would want that land back also.

Once a piece of land falls under islamic rule it is forever islamic. And the rest is open for conquering. Per the koran, the whole world should be under the rule of islam. Israel is just the current project.


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