A world without Baronesses

News item:

PARIS — France wants the European Union to have a seat at the table during next week’s start of US-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Washington.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said it would be “too bad” if the EU were locked out — noting the bloc’s political involvement in the region and its role as a top contributor of financial aid to the Palestinians. — Jerusalem Post

Let’s see. We have the Obama Administration, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Now we need the EU? Let’s invite J Street, too. After all,we need someone to be ‘pro-Israel’.

Not only is the EU a ‘top contributor’ to the Palestinian Authority, it also finances numerous non-governmental organizations in Israel whose primary function seems to be to delegitimize or even destabilize the Jewish state.

And the EU doesn’t shrink from trying to directly intervene in the internal affairs of Israel. For example,

Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, an organizer of the weekly Friday protests at Bil’in of the West Bank security fence, was convicted Tuesday in an Israeli military court of inciting protesters to attack Israeli soldiers and for holding protests without a permit. He will be sentenced next month. The 39-year-old schoolteacher has been jailed since December.

EU representatives attended every day of the trial, and the body’s foriegn policy chief, Catherine Ashton, released a statement Wednesday expressing concern at the conviction, saying, “The possible imprisonment of Mr. Abu Rahmeh is intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a non-violent manner.”

“The EU considers the route of the barrier where it is built on Palestinian land to be illegal,” it quoted her as saying in a statement. — JTA

Where to start?

The weekly protests are anything but non-violent, with Arab and international organizers doing their best to physically destroy the separation barrier, and to injure or provoke Israeli soldiers and police who are trying to defend it. One of their goals is to place international ‘activists’ in harm’s way in order to generate sympathy overseas for their cause.  In several cases — for example the recent incident in which American student Emily Henochowicz lost an  eye when she was hit by a teargas canister — they have succeeded too well.

The land that Ashton refers to is not ‘Palestinian land’. It is land that happened to be east of the line that divided Israeli from Jordanian troops in 1949, and by international law it still awaits disposition by a peace treaty between the combatants — despite the fact that Jordan decided in 1988 to give it to the PLO — a terrorist organization.

Here’s an analogy: You and I both claim to own a car. You take possession of it by force (1949), I take it back (1967), and you transfer your claim on it to the Mafia (1988). Then (2010), the EU objects to my driving it because “it belongs to those Sicilian guys.”

Our original claim, by the way, is pretty good, consisting of the original League of Nations Mandate which calls for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Clearly this doesn’t mean that all of ‘Palestine’ of the Mandate must become the Jewish national home, but it certainly doesn’t limit it to any given part (not to mention that right off the bat the British gave away a good 70% of it to their ally, Abdullah, to create the state of Transjordan).

As an aside, if the area is in dispute and you don’t want to create facts on the ground, then nobody — not Jews and not Arabs — should build anything on it. Saying that only Jews are forbidden to build looks tacky.

Some people think that the EU, being a postnational entity itself, doesn’t take kindly to Zionism. World citizens like the Baroness Ashton think that nation-states based on ethnicity or even religion — although Zionism is not essentially a religious concept, clearly Judaism has something to do with it — are passé and dangerous. Nationalism, they would say, is the main cause of war.

They are wrong. These days, the most dangerous ideology is a universalist and anti-nationalist one: radical Islam.

But note that the proposed state of ‘Palestine’ is a nation-state based on ethnicity with an established religion.

Also, I thought I’d mention that in a world without nation-states there wouldn’t be any baronesses.

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2 Responses to “A world without Baronesses”

  1. Robman says:

    The blatant hypocrisy of the “post national/new paradigm” crowd would be laughable, if the policy implications were not so serious.

    The EU member states still maintain military forces – those of France are particularly significant, but nuclear and non-nuclear – for defense of their “obsolete” nation states. If they faced threats similar to those of Israel, they would surely defend themselves. What would France or Germany or even Belgium do if a neighboring state harbored terrorists lobbing rockets and mortars at their cities? The answer is obvious.

    Interesting how they denigrate the concept of nation states in Israel’s case…but have no problem supporting it in the case of the Palestinians.

    The Jews should join the “post-modern” world and dispense with this silly idea of “self-determination” as expressed by a sovereign state…but if they don’t, the Europeans will fight like mad for the Palestinians to establish the very same on the ashes of the Jewish state.

    It is just the latest highly rationalized form of cowardice and anti-Semitism, the European positions.

    If and when the Iranians attack Israel and trigger Israel’s nuclear response, I dearly hope that in additions to the rest of Moslem SW Asia, the Israelis save some warheahds for London, Paris, Oslo, Stockholm, Madrid, Berlin, Antwerp, etc. Would serve the bastards right.

  2. levari says:

    lol..excellent analogy–you should send that to ‘car talk’. i could not help but think of the baroness in ‘sound of music’, whose chilly insensitivity and old school ways were shunted aside in favor of maria’s common sense. would it were that easy for europe to abandon its millennia of anti-semitism in favor of a bit of humanity and logic. also? israeli music is much better than palestinian. but i’m sure the EU would just see that as another symptom of oppression, which could be remedied with large wads of cash, which hamas would use to buy bombs rather than teaching its children the pleasures of do-re-mi.