As a shocked world reacted to
The United Kingdom's proposed
unexpected exit from the European Union, Palestinian President Abbas delivered a speech to the European Parliament.
This story from The Jerusalem Connection tells you all you need to know about the EU's disgusting hostility to Israel- the Middle East's only democracy. At the end you can see an interesting comment from Donald Trump's Israel advisor.
Brexit: So is it ‘good for the Jews’?
By Abraham Cooper and
Abbas, now in the 11th year of his four-year term, accused Israel of becoming a fascist country.
Then he updated a vicious medieval anti-Semitic canard by charging that (non-existent) rabbis are urging Jews to poison the Palestinian water supply.
The response by representatives of the 28 European nations whose own histories are littered with the terrible consequences of such anti-Semitic blood libels? A thunderous 30-second standing ovation.
So forgive us if while everyone else analyzes the economic impact of the possible
UK exit, and pundits parse the generational and social divide of British voters, we dare to ask a parochial question: is a weakened EU good or bad for the Jews?
First, there is the geopolitical calculus of a triple pincer movement to consider: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troublemaking from the East, the massive migrant-refugee influx into Europe from the South, and now the UK’s (possible) secession from the
EU with unforeseen implications for global economies and politics.
For Israel, the EU’s global dilemma is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it could, at least temporarily, derail the EU’s intense pressuring of Israel to accept – even sans direct negotiations with the Palestinians – a one-sided French peace initiative, imposing indefensible borders on the Jewish state.
On the other hand, as leading Israeli corporations and Israel’s stock market are already recognizing, new problems for the EU economic engine are also a threat to the Jewish state’s economic ties with its leading trading partner.
But the scope of the current crisis is also very much the result of the internal moral and political failure of the EU’s own transnational elites and political leadership to confront its homegrown problems. These problems have also impacted
many of Europe’s 1.4 million Jews.
It’s been 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down. This means the EU had an entire generation to deliver on the promises of creating a new Europe that would continue and extend the progress made since World War II.
This would be
by instituting a common currency and encouraging economic integration and
free movement between member countries, while promoting mutual respect among the free citizens of the new United States of Europe.
Instead, European elites over-centralized power in Brussels by practicing what amounts to “taxation without representation,” and – after instituting open borders across the continent – failed to come up with coherent strategies to deal with burgeoning terrorism and wave after wave of Middle East migrants.
Suddenly, calls by (mostly) far-right voices (this is not wholly true: UKIP, the UK's leading goup advocating
exiting the EU, is not
"far right) - AF)
to “take back control of their country,” “restore national sovereignty” and “re-establish national borders” began to resonate in the mainstream of not only the UK, but also Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and France.
With Germany’s Chancellor Angel Merkel as the prime example, EU political leaders have so far failed to deal with legitimate citizen concerns that democracy itself is threatened by the uncontrolled influx of people from the Middle East and Africa who are not being assimilated into the basic values and institutions of Western societies.
To date, the primary beneficiaries of this political failure are the nationalist parties – Le Pen’s National Front in France, Geert Wilders’ Dutch Party for Freedom, Austria’s Freedom Party, and Fidesz and Jobbik in Hungary among them – that are now mainstream political and social actors on their nations’ social power grids.
Many are the proud bearers of xenophobic, populist platforms that include whitewashing or minimizing the crimes of the Nazi era. Jews, rightfully fearful of the anti-Semitism among old and new Muslim neighbors in Europe, can take little solace in the specter of a fragmented continent led by movements whose member rail against Muslims but also despise Jews.
We began with President Abbas’ morning-after-Brexit blood libel speech before a perfidious European Parliament. His libel and the applause it received still reverberate despite Abbas’ subsequent retraction.
For the episode highlights the lack of moral accountability infecting EU elites ensconced in the ivory towers of Brussels’ bureaucratic headquarters.
We can only hope and pray that European captains of industry, politicians, media and NGOs take the UK vote as a wake-up call for them all.
For if they fail to actually address the economic and social crises with real solutions, it won’t only be the Jews of Europe who will be searching for the nearest exit.
One that calls for a response
Donald Trump‘s Israel adviser, David Friedman said:
“[My] boss would probably support an Israeli decision to annex all of Judea and Samaria if Israel deemed it necessary…
He also stated that Trump would not support a two-state solution if Israel objected…“I think there are parts of the West Bank that will stay part of Israel in any peace deal.”…“I am sure he wouldn’t have any problem with that at all.”
Trump’s vision of the two-state solution also put Israel at the helm. “Not without the approval of the Israelis,” Friedman said. “This is an issue that Israel has to deal with on its own because it will have to deal with the consequences… The Israelis have to make the decision on whether or not to give up land to create a Palestinian state. If the Israelis don’t want to do it, so he doesn’t think they should do it.”
“I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live… I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live…
"They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.
"They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by Yahweh, they and their descendants with them.” (Isaiah 65:9, 21-23)