28 March 2009

Strong Message Sent to Israel

EU urges new Israeli government to accept Palestinian state. However, unless US foreign policy towards Israel changes, little can be done to sway Israel into behaving itself and allowing a Palestinian state. As always, it is the US that holds any control over Israel as they provide billions of dollars to Israel and unless that is placed on the line, we may not see any movement from Zionist Israeli Government. Additionally, the US must re-take control of American Policy from AIPAC and the Israeli Lobby groups that now control congress, the senate and even Obama (witness the smear campaign on Freeman!) So, America has some work to do!

The European Union on Friday told Israel's incoming new government that there would be "consequences" if it does not accept the principle of a Palestinian state.

"Relations would become very difficult indeed," said Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency.

"At one of our next ministerial meetings we would have to discuss what consequences the EU would draw from that,"

One thing that could be jeopardised would be an idea to formally upgrade EU-Israeli ties.

Several other EU foreign ministers judged that an Israeli government which does not accept a two-sate solution would not be acceptable itself.

"We Europeans believe that the putting in place of a two-state solution remains the plan," said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"The foreign ministers must send a clear message saying that if this is not the case, the EU cannot accept it," added Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn.

Last year the EU decided to enhance ties with Israel but the idea has been a dead letter since the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier this year.

The Europeans are the biggest donors of aid to the Palestinians but they hold little sway over Israel, which is backed firmly by the United States.