Europe Is Convinced That Reprimanding Israel Will Help Solve Its Own Middle East Problem

May 22, 2020 | Eyal Zisser
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While it is not yet clear whether Jerusalem will go through with possible plans to apply its sovereignty to portions of the West Bank, EU diplomats have already warned that their countries might respond to such a move with sanctions or even the breaking of diplomatic relations. Eyal Zisser comments:

The EU doesn’t care about the Palestinians whatsoever. Its concern for international law, which it says Israel is violating, also isn’t a top priority. After all, the EU is indifferent to the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, and Brussels doesn’t typically care about Tibet and Western Sahara either.

Israel, however, is always seen as an attractive target to flagellate, for the purpose of winning Arab and Muslim brownie points. Beyond that, the EU still abides by its decades-long fixation whereby the Palestinian issue is the key to solving all of the Middle East’s ills. And while the Europeans don’t care much about the levels of poverty and distress throughout the Middle East, they are worried about the waves of immigration flooding their continent, due to unrest and instability in the Arab world, and are convinced that reprimanding Israel will help them turn the tide.

This, therefore, is a profound European undercurrent that even an arrangement with the Palestinians isn’t likely to reverse. Israel’s relations with these European countries will inevitably return to normal, as there are enough mature leaders in Europe—for example, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel—who are attentive to Israel and its problems and are cognizant of Europe’s own interests in maintaining ties with it. But we can assume that the bureaucrats in Brussels, supported by several European countries, will wait for the next opportunity to kick Israel.

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