Europe Loud on Settlements, Quiet on Terrorism

December 4, 2012 10:55 am 3 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Photo: opendemocracy.

When Israel evacuated the Jewish communities from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, no one imagined that the area would become a platform for firing thousands of rockets targeting Israelis living in cities as far as Tel Aviv. As the international community continues to pressure Israel into limiting the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and eventually withdrawing, one can only wonder who in the UN will guarantee that another terrorist entity will not emerge on Israel’s eastern border.

Most likely, Europe has not even considered what would happen if terrorist elements in Judea and Samaria would start firing rockets at civilians living across Israel.  But Europe, like Hamas, has plenty to say about the settlements.

On Monday morning, December 3, the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom was formally summoned to the UK Foreign Office, to personally hear condemnation against Israeli settlement building.  France and Sweden also followed suit, summoning their Israeli ambassadors while Germany appealed to the Israeli government in a news conference asking Israel to “desist” from building more settlements, stating that the new plans “undermined” efforts to revive peace talks.

Hamas welcomed the international response with spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, stating that the settlement plans “were an insult to the international community, which should bear responsibility for Israeli violations and attacks on Palestinians.”

There were those, however, that were not impressed with the almost-panicked address by international European diplomats. Director of the UK-based Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, Jonathan Sacerdoti, pointed out that:

“The Palestinian representative to the UK was not summoned to the Foreign Office when Palestinians unleashed what some in Israel have called a “third intifada” on Israel, with lethal rockets launched in their hundreds into Israeli civilian areas.”

Indeed, it seems that any sort of terrorist activity coming from Gaza or its prime supporter, Iran very rarely garners any sort of international public outcry, particularly from Europe. Last week, a US official told CNN that “Iran is finding ways to resupply Hamas” with long range rockets and other weapons despite the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told CNN on Monday, November 26, that Iran is subjected to a U.N. resolution prohibiting it from exporting arms, and neighbors of Iran are obligated to enforce this measure.

“We are hopeful that the nations in the region take appropriate steps to halt any attempts to transport weapons to Gaza through their territory or airspace,” said Nuland to CNN.

No echoes of distress were heard from any European leaders on the Iran-Hamas issue.

Furthermore, according to Israel Defense Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, Iran “tried during the operation itself to push more and more rockets into the Gaza Strip. Iran is deeply involved with Hamas inside Gaza.”
Even more worrying, is the education of future terrorists training to attack Israel from the Gaza Strip. Hamas enlists, educates, and trains as many terrorists as possible to fire rockets into Israel and fight the IDF, along with other Gaza terror groups; the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) and Islamic Jihad. Only this past summer, the first class of a new military training academy in Gaza called Shahid Imad Hamad Academy of Military Training, established by the third largest Gaza terrorist organization, PRC, graduated, after specialization training in fighting Armored Corps, according to a Ynet article in August.

The academy trains students for combat, antitank missile weaponry as well as defense and military studies. According to senior PRC member, Abu Suhaib, the school instills religious values, so that students “can confront the Zionist enemy with complete faith in the triumph of God.”

It is these sorts of developments that the international community continues to ignore, indulging instead in constant criticism of the Jewish state.  If rocket terrorism against Israeli civilians would be addressed with the same kind of urgency as Israeli settlement building, then perhaps there would be some kind of progress towards a viable, realistic peace. Blind finger-pointing by France, Britain and others, however, at Israel continue to leave civilians on both sides of the conflict in dangerous limbo.


Anav Silverman lived for two years in the city of Sderot, Israel where she experienced constant rocket attacks on the city working as an international media liaison and frontline reporter between 2007-2009.

3 Comments

  • Don’t listen to the EU; it is terrorizing us also here in the Netherlands together with those awfull new elected socialist government.
    I hope the Israeli government doesn’t listen to them an will go on building and defend it’s inhabitants against the terrorists from Hamas, PA, Mazen and Islamisc Jihad.
    Don’t give an inch and keep tight. Wish you the best for ever.

  • Sergio HaDaR Tezza

    You wrote: “no one imagined that the area would become a platform for firing thousands of rockets targeting Israelis living in cities as far as Tel Aviv.”

    How can you write something so false?

    Where were you when hundreds of thousands of Jews in Israel warned EXACTLY about that in 2003-2004-2005 BEFORE Sharon’s Gaza putch?

    I personally warned about that even on foreign TVs, like the Italian SkyNews24, where in October 2003 I spoke of Hamastan in Gaza and rockets on all major Israeli cities.

    Of course the “realistic” people supporting the deportation of all the Jews from the Gaza Strip said that I and people like me were “extreme fanatics who used scare tactics without any basis in reality”… We saw who was right…

    ANYWAY, THERE WERE KATYUSHAS IN GAZA EVER SINCE 1996, which was published by the US Congress, still during the CLinton Administration, but THAT WAS SOMETHING FORBIDDEN TO SPEAK ABOUT IN ISRAEL BY ARMY AND GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP… G-od forbid the people of Israel might have opened their eyes!

    A journalist writing on a pro-Israel Jewish paper should know these things!

  • Auschwitz is the creation of Europeans. Treblinka is the creation of Europeans. Dacchau is the creation of Europeans. Sobibor is the creation of Europeans….Notice a pattern…

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