|EU envoy Reinicke speaking to Palestinian social scientists|
June 2012 [Image Source]
In today's Jerusalem Post, an article by Herb Keinon makes the argument. Some excerpts:
- An unnamed Israeli official is quoted: "When it comes to Israel they are very vocal,” the official said. When it comes to the Palestinians, they are very timid... While the EU talks continually about labeling products from the settlements, or issues statements about Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails, or files demarches over all construction beyond the Green Line, it is unable to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization and was slow and mealy-mouthed in condemning Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent characterization of Zionism as a crime against humanity.
- The official said that Israel’s concern with moves such as labeling is not that they will necessarily have a tremendous economic impact – he said Israel’s trade with Britain actually increased since London recommended labeling settlement products – but that it could lead to other economic sanctions, such as calls for divestment from pension funds that invest in Israeli firms with business interests beyond the Green Line.
- Brussels’ one-sided tilt, the official said, was reflected last week when the annual report of EU consuls-general in Jerusalem and Ramallah – a report that year after year slams Israeli polices – was leaked to the press.... “Every year they put out a report that is critical of Israel, even though their mandate is to strengthen ties with the PA. They never issue a report on problems inside the PA – the misuse of funds, human rights abuses there. Only on Israel.” Further, the official added, the reports are written without any Israeli input.” The net result, he said, was that there is “no positive agenda between Israel and Brussels, only negative. There are only sticks, no carrots.”
The EU contributes to Israel’s security, through UNIFIL, the Iran talks, UNRWA, and by the training of the Palestinian police force. And that is to say nothing of bilateral military cooperation between Israel and various EU states. “Sometimes people don’t want to see this, only the other side,” he said.It's an odd list of examples. In case someone on his staff happens to see this post, we wish they would pass a note to Mr Reinicke suggesting he glances at some of the following. They are all items that we have posted here in the recent past:
- These about UNIFIL: 11-Feb-13: You don't have to be a pessimist to expect bad things from southern Lebanon; 10-Feb-13: Remember this when the fighting reignites in Southern Lebanon; 30-Jan-13: In fighting terrorism, fear cannot be a substitute for moral clarity: Two political figures speak from personal experiences of terror; 13-Jan-13: A French contribution to stopping the terrorists; 25-Dec-12: Have we been overlooking southern Lebanon? The Iranian proxy force up there has not; 23-Nov-11: So tell us again: this is why peacekeepers are sent to the area?; 20-Jul-10: Protecting the lives of ordinary people... who happen to be Arabs.
- And these about UNRWA: 27-Jan-13: Hamas' new army of children: Will the UN's and foreign funders' role in this scandal be critiqued by the news-reporting media? ; 12-Jan-13: Like an alien planet ; 26-Oct-12: Ordinary Europeans and their politicians fund Palestinian Arab terror. How do they respond when confronted with the evidence? ; 30-Aug-12: How close to hell is Gaza? Depends whom you want to believe ; 4-Jul-12: What is it about UNRWA? ; 5-Jun-12: If there's one single thing about UNRWA that we wish people understood, it's this ; 25-Nov-06: Memo to "Refugee" Camp Manager: Words Kill
Reinicke was noncommittal regarding the placing of Hezbollah on the EU terror list, saying only that there were “different views” on the matter inside the EU, and that the discussion was ongoing.So that should clear it up.
Given the title he bears and our experience of terrorism, Mr Reinicke is probably interested to know our opinions. We shared some our thoughts on Europe's no-policy policy in several recent posts including "29-Jan-13: What their view on Hezbollah tells us about Europe's counter-terrorism strategy".
Bottom line: Europe's strategy of containing Islamist terrorist by means of kindness, understanding and sitting on the European politicians' collective hands is bankrupt, deadly dangerous, lacking in courage and ultimately immoral.