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posted on 11/29/2001 3:58:04 PM PST
Well, probably old news, but modern Europes' support for the Palestinians (and by extension, opposition to Israel) has it's seeds in European anti-semitism of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
It is not well-known or discussed these days how much sympathy Hitler's early moves against the Jews received from all over Europe, including Britain. He lost that sympathy later, as his murderous, genocidal intentions became clearer. But the fact that he had, at first, at least a tacit and mild approval from many influential powers throughout Europe shows that there is a base of hatred, or at least distaste, that is long-standing, almost traditional in Europe's old power structure.
Whatever the case, a foreign policy based on a combination of left-wing disillusionment, French opportunism and all-around cravenness cannot yield good results. With the U.S. State Department increasingly leaning toward the European line on Israel, it's well that the basis of that policy be properly understood.
posted on 11/30/2001 5:16:33 AM PST
Good article. It pretty well sums up the 'how' and 'why'. The north Europeans want to forget their guilt, the French have always been whores, and the rest are lost in their muddled liberal/socialist fantasies.
Most of them have very large islamic populations that they imported to bolster their demographic problems vis a vis their social welfare programs. They will find that those pensions to be very expensive.
posted on 11/30/2001 6:00:50 AM PST
The European disdain for Israel also derives from the philosophical writings of Augustine and others who contended that Rome was the eternal city, the City of God -- replacing Jerusalem -- and that God was finished with Israel as a nation -- and that only those in the Church of Rome are the chosen people of God. Along came the myth of British Israelism -- the myth that the throne of David, which God promised to establish in Jerusalem, had instead been surreptitiously transferred to London. The EU is executing plans to become leader of a world empire but the U.S. and Israel are in the way, as is the King of Israel who has not forgotten his promises recorded in the scriptures and will one day rule the world from Jerusalem..
posted on 11/30/2001 10:35:00 AM PST
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