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.
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About: Watching the Watchers
Prof. Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research institute, and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control.
NGO Monitor was founded following the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa, where powerful NGOs, claiming to promote human rights, hijacked the principles of morality and international law. Funding for this infamous forum was provided by the EU, Canada and the US-based Ford Foundation.
In order to provide independent research with checks and balances, NGO Monitor provides information and analysis, promotes accountability, and supports discussion on the reports and activities of NGOs claiming to advance human rights and humanitarian agendas.
In 2013, Professor Steinberg and NGO Monitor were awarded the prestigious Menachem Begin Prize for: Efforts Exposing the Political Agenda and Ideological Basis of Humanitarian Organizations that Exploit the Discourse of Human Rights.
He works with a number of international organizations (NATO, UN University, OSCE, SIPRI); participates in track-two workshops and in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ICCA; and is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University.
Recent academic publications include “NGOs, Human Rights, and Political Warfare in the Arab-Israel Conflict”; “Europe's Failed Middle East Policies”; “The UN, the ICJ and the Separation Barrier: War by Other Means” (Israel Law Review); and Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGOs, (co-author), Nijhoff, Leiden, 2012. He is also completing research examining the credibility of human rights organizations during the 2006 Lebanon war, under the auspices of the Israel Science Foundation.
His op-ed columns have been published in Wall St. Journal (Europe), Financial Times, Ha’aretz, International Herald Tribune, Jerusalem Post, and other publications. He has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBC. CNN, and NPR.