Worrying Signals from Europe

(Israel Hayom) Zalman Shoval - European dignitaries have begun arriving at an increased rate with warnings that Israel must soon launch a "diplomatic initiative" to renew negotiations with the Palestinian Authority or expect growing pressure. A French proposal treats the establishment of a Palestinian state as a foregone conclusion and does not allow Israel any say over security limitations to be placed on the Palestinians. It is difficult not to notice the EU's undertone that it has decided to support the establishment of a Palestinian state, even without any real negotiations and regardless of Israel's positions on the matter. In a fairer and more ethical world, it would be possible to expect Europe, of all places, with all its history concerning the Jewish people, to unite in an unwavering effort to combat anti-Semitism in its new anti-Zionist and anti-Israel disguise, and to try curbing academic and economic boycotts. In reality, it is actually considering measures that would leave Israel alone in the face of its enemies' machinations. The EU desires to unilaterally dictate formulas that do not take Israel's most basic interests into consideration, all while adhering to the Palestinians' most extreme demands. The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.

2015-05-28 00:00:00

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