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Europe Prays to Paper Peace, Paper God

December 6, 2012 5:40 pm 3 comments

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France.

Cavemen prayed to stones and talismans, but Europeans worship paper gods.

Europeans have a bad habit of holding up paper agreements as if they guarantee peace, progress, prosperity.

It used to be the price agreement on farm products-from butter to chocolate. Now it is UN declarations that the warring “Palestinian” tribes-the PLO Hatfields and the Hamas McCoys-now constitute a real, living, breathing national state.

Most European leaders would resent it if someone said they were irrational, superstitious or even religious, but yet they cling devoutly to a cult that bows to Arab bloc leaders holding aloft pieces of paper promising peace.

Superstitious Folly!

How else can one look at European  countries voting  in favor of Palestinian statehood only days after a war sparked by Hamas terrorists who comprise much of the national group collectively called “Palestinians?”

How else can one look at a UN vote which is itself  a violation of Israel-PLO agreements to which the European Union is a signed witness? [Yes, the EU is a witness to the pacts that the UN vote violates.]

How else can one see supporting PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas whose Palestinian Authority (PA) constantly breaks  its treaties with Israel by honoring terrorists, and by inciting violence via the PA broadcasting media and schools.

Europe’s worship of  Arab paper gods is made worse when European countries then chastise Israel for reacting against the PLO-PA-UN violation of treaties to which Europe is a witness. In other words, European leaders are threatening Israel for defending itself and for defending signed agreements to which Europe itself is bound.

This kind of craven, cultish behavior is not unusual in Europe, particularly from the period just before World War II. Then-Prime Minister  Neville Chamberlain, returned from talks with “Herr Hitler,” brandishing  a piece of paper, like it was the staff of Moses, and claimed “peace in our time.”

But the “peace in our time” was a “peace of paper.”

To Chamberlain’s credit, he admitted his mistake after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Chamberlain handed over power to Winston Churchill, a pugnacious student of history who had faith in his own two eyes and no faith in phony peace.

Europeans should have learned from the experience, but apparently they have not. Israelis and Americans, however, have. Today, most Israelis have not a grain of belief in the phony peace process. Americans too support Israel, not the PLO or Hamas.

Europe and the rest of the world should trust the democratic process in Israel and the good sense of Israelis to navigate their own process of dealing with Arab neighbors without threats from “friends” who are almost as bad as enemies.

European leaders are fooling themselves if they trust PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas who succeeded terrorist chief Yasser Arafat.  He has always made it clear that  he was continuing Arafat’s policies of never recognizing Israel-in any possible geographic configuration-as a Jewish state.

In January 2005, Abbas made a speech in Gaza calling on Hamas to turn its rifles against Israel. This film was not shown on the BBC or  CNN, nor was the transcript published in The New York Times or the Frankfurter Algemeiner Journal.

Since then, Abbas has avoided talking directly to Israel even more than Arafat. Abbas has stepped up the constant legal violations of the Oslo Accords, openly seeking to spur boycotts of Israel, to delegitimize it politically.

In various ways he has tried to impose “Palestine” on Israel rather than negotiate with Israel about the terms of dispute, and that is exactly the motive for Abbas’s move to get UN recognition of “Palestine” as a state.

Yes, reaching peace often means taking risks and dreaming dreams, but not national suicide. There is no reason Israel should take risks for Abbas, whose positions are often worse than those of Arafat but whose popular backing is lower than that of a dog catcher in Ramallah, the town north of Jerusalem.

Israelis have learned from their mistakes. In 1993, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres got Israel into trouble by giving Arafat a territorial base for suicide bombers in the West Bank. Later, in 2005,  Ariel Sharon repeated the error with a unilateral pull-out from Gaza that led to the Hamas terror state there.

Israel did not even get a piece of paper, but  5000 rockets replaced 10,000 Israelis.

Israeli leaders, like Britain’s Chamberlain, sacrificed lives and resources for an article of faith.

Israel cannot retrieve the lost lives, but Israel  can stop making the blood sacrifices demanded byEurope and the UN.

Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of  Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat published by  Threshold/Simon and Schuster. A former reporter, correspondent and editor, respectively at The New York Times, Cox Newspapers and TheJerusalem Post, he was  Strategic Affairs Advisor in Israel’s Ministry of Public Security and teaches at BarIlan University.

3 Comments

  • When I bumped in to your site by accident it was as if I was highjacked by the S.S. in the 1930s with an inverted agenda. Fortunately I have experienced the civilized side of Judaism. I must admit that I entertained some very jaundiced opinions of the state of Israel in its quest for Zionist lebensraum. I would now change that to disgusted and revolting. There is no place in the modern world for such any more than for Mr.al Assad.

  • clearly this author shows up the basic religious nature of all mankind,even atheists religiously follow their own dogma, most political party’s have their own dogma’s,climate change is a dogma from the NGO’s that conned the the UN FOR POWER TO CONTROL, just look at the power they have now over nations, and the author uses a specific biblical term here, whether he see;s it as such I don’t know, the term is-quote- This kind of craven, cultish behaviour is not unusual in Europe-end quote, the word GRAVEN in the biblical sense actually means-PROJECTED- AND IT COMES FROM A VERSE CONCERNING IMAGE WORSHIPPING,- THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN TO -FALSE AND GRAVEN IMAGES-in ancient times they did not have as we have-TV-to project an image, they carved images and worshiped them, here we have a perfect example of-as the author says here, words on paper that are actually falsely written and against standing laws,-being projected as if they were the law, it is truly-A FALSE AND PROJECTED IMAGE, and these EU, PALESTINIAN,AND ARAB PEOPLE, wonder why Israel and others will not bend the knee to such blatant-lies-, there is no other name one can apply to these papers or the actions done by/for them, it is not hard to understand that the EU,UN,IMF,ETC HOLD THEMSELVES UP- AS THOUGH THEY ARE GOD.

    rodney allsworth
    qld aust

  • The Europeans care about one and only one thing. Finishing the work of their post-Christian Messiah (that would be Hitler) and exterminating every last Jew.

    This has consumed them for 2000 years, and even as Europe dies, it still consumes them.

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