Israel Clashes with European Union

Israel clashed with the European Union for their harsh criticism of the Jewish state at the UN Security meeting this past week. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed out stating that the European Union was in danger of making itself irrelevant as far as the peace process is concerned.

“If European powers continue to focus exaggerated attention on Israel, a law-abiding and democratic nation, instead of real flash points like Syria and Egypt, they are bound to lose their credibility and make themselves irrelevant,” read the Foreign Ministry statement.

Israel’s temper flared based upon a statement released by the four European members of the Security Council – France, Britain, Germany and Portugal. These nations condemned Jewish building in Judea, Samaria.

The Europeans asserted that recent Israeli plans to build additional buildings in existing Jewish “settlements” in Jewish neighborhoods on the eastern side of Jerusalem “send a devastating message” and must be reversed. “All settlement activity, including in east Jerusalem, must cease immediately,” insisted France, Britain, Germany and Portugal.

The Europeans demand that both sides present proposals to the European Union, United States, UN and Russia. The Quartet would then sift those proposals and provide a roadmap for peace.

European leaders mostly side with Arab demands and adopt Arab sympathies; the Palestinians are happy with the new direction taken by the EU, and have already submitted a “peace” proposal to the European Union. Israel refuses to include the EU in the negotiation process because Europe leans heavily toward the Palestinian viewpoint.

For years Palestinians terrorists, many of them backed by the Palestinian leadership, have attacked and killed Israeli Jews. European leaders respond to Palestinian terror attacks by condemning violence in general, and calling on both sides to “show restraint.” Palestinians are seldom condemned by Europe for their aggression.

Prophecy tells us a time will come when a European power moves into Israel, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him. And the king of the north [European Beast power] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land [Israel], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape out of his hand: even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (Daniel 11:40-43).

That time is not come, but clearly, Europe is taking a more intense interest in Middle East politics and sees itself as taking on the role of peacemaker. America is a declining power. A European power will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States. This will not happened immediately, but in time, Europe will take a very active role in Middle East politics.

Steven LeBlanc

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