Once again, the self-appointed great and good of Europe claim to have a magic solution to the infinitely complex conflict between Palestinians and Israel. Under the ambitious (and misleading) heading of “a new EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, this group is calling on Frederica Mogherini to adopt their opinions.
Far from being a peace proposal or to a “new approach”, this is a re-statement of standard European mythology, which is based entirely on and reinforces the Palestinian narrative of unending conflict and rejection of Jewish sovereignty, regardless of borders. Their approach patronizes Palestinians, treating them like children incapable of moral behavior or of taking responsibility for their actions, while legitimate Israel security concerns are erased. As a result, Israelis and Palestinians alike do not take the EU seriously.
Many of the signatories made a bad situation worse while they held official positions. For example, Mary Robinson presided over the disastrous 2001 UN “Durban Conference” which launched the Palestinian BDS and lawfare processes. And as the EU’s foreign policy czar, Javier Solana was repeatedly manipulated and exploited by Arafat. Under Solana, the EU secretly began to channels millions of Euros to anti-peace NGOs — a policy that continues to cause major damage. And Andreas van Agt, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands , also used his position to channel millions of Euros to anti-Israel and anti-peace “civil society” organizations.
Vice President Mogherini would be well-advised to learn from the total failure of European policy in the Middle East under this group. The EU needs a new policy on the Middle East and Israel — one that is based on reality rather than myth. Rather than reinforcing Palestinian rejectionism, the EU must begin by examining the implications of the chaos and terror from ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and the disintegration of Syria, Iraq and Libya.