By Avi Davis
For many years the European Union’s involvement in the Israel- Palestinian peace process has been one of benign benevolence on the outside but a malevolent interventionism in reality.
Rather than contributing to peace, the European Union has often done quite the opposite – backing the Palestinians on their wayward policies which directly and unambiguously contravene their international commitments, funding NGOs who foment anti-Israel sentiment and encouraging the Palestinians to reject negotiation with Israel as a means of achieving statehood while pushing towards open conflict.
Now the pro-active stance of Europe has spiraled into an open conflict with the Jewish state.
The decision of the Swedish Parliament to unconditionally recognize a State of Palestine, with its borders marked by the 1949 cease fire lines was the first salvo. The parliaments of the U.K., France, Ireland and the Netherlands have followed suit with provisional recognition which the respective parliaments of these countries could convert into de jure recognition at the apprpriate time.
The European support of the Palestinian candidacy to the International Criminal Court was another attempt to circumvent the process. The Palestinian Authority is legally proscribed from joining any international body until negotiations over the disposition of the territories is settled. Of course the Palestinians wish to use the court as leverage against the Jewish state – ludicrous when you consider how open to indictment it leaves the Palestinian leaders themselves.
Now comes reports of actual European Union settlements being erected in areas of the West Bank. That is not Palestinian settlements just financed by the European Union but rather settlements stamped with the European Union brand.
Regavim, an Israeli non-governmental organization issued a report this week which detailed the construction of 400 homes in Area C of the West Bank, an area designated by the Oslo Accords and subsequent agreements where no Palestinian construction could take place without prior Israeli approval.
According to the report, the structures are being built in the E1 area of the West Bank within the municipal boundary of the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, adjacent to and northeast of Jerusalem. They largely resemble prefabricated caravans.
But these are not your run -of- the-mill illegal settlements. In order to stay the demolition of the houses, the report notes the village(s) fly the EU flag and the houses themselves sport the EU logo.
Asked about the report, an EU spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, denied any wrongdoing, insisting that construction had not yet taken place:
“The EU’s funding will provide training and expertise, to help the relevant Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministries to plan and build new infrastructure and enable people to reclaim and rebuild their land there,” she said. “To date, no construction has started yet under these programmes. The EU is not funding illegal projects.”
But Shadi Othman, a spokesman for the EU in the West Bank and Gaza, told the Daily Mail THAT construction was indeed taking place.
“We support the Palestinian presence in Area C. Palestinian presence should not be limited Areas A and B. Area C is part of the occupied Palestinian territory which eventually will be Palestinian land. Palestinians have a right to live there, build schools there, have economic development,” he said.
Hmm. One would think that the EU would be better at coordinating the messages of its spokespersons.
But no matter. There is plain evidence, gathered from its combined actions over the past 20 years, which provides solid proof of the EU being a entirely prejudiced miscreant in the region, favoring the very organization whose supporters are now fomenting riots in their own cities, burning cars and plotting the next terrorist atrocity a la Charlie Hebdo.
The Israeli government will react to the construction of the EU villages with a demolition order – and probably, although not certainly, with a demolition; which in turn, of course will spur more West Bank protests and then further calumnies which will pour down on Israel from the august offices of the European Union in Brussels.
In this way the Europeans continue to fecklessly contribute to the downward spiral of relations between Israelis and Palestinians until open, violent conflict becomes inevitable.
The ultimate truth, of course, is that violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in this regard is really only a proxy war. The Europeans long ago declared war on the Jewish state – having now found just the right agents provocateurs to hasten the onset of a deadly confrontation.