Contrary to the nonsense being peddled by Ferrero-Waldner, Israel has been fully supportive of the two state solution, as long as there was a Palestinian government devoted to the same. The current Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu has not stated anything to the contrary.
What’s in question, is both the EU and US officials hinting that Israel needs to accept Hamas’ participation in a future “unity government”, and negotiate with it, in spite of their refusal to recognize Israel, reject violence and accept all pre-existing agreements.
(LUXEMBOURG) – EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner refused to back down Monday in a row with the Czech EU presidency over boosting ties with Israel.
Israel should first recognise a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict before ties could be strengthened, Ferrero-Waldner insisted.
“We want to have good and trustworthy relations with Israel but … our upgrading can only be seen in the context of the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” Ferrero-Waldner said at an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.
“We are looking now to Israel to really make a policy review and hopefully they will go back to a two-state solution,” she said, reaffirming comments she made last week.
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, contradicted Ferrero-Waldner’s position in an interview published in Israel Sunday.
“The peace process should not be linked to the relations between the EU and Israel,” Topolanek said.
Commenting on Ferrero-Waldner’s position, he said: “I would not really attribute to it more weight than just a statement by a commissioner.
“I am still the president of the European Council and I should know something about it,” he added.
As the Tundra Tabloids has stated over the past few years, the EU and other western politicians have been chomping at the bit to rescue Hamas from its self inflicted pariah status as a terrorist organization, so they can open up dialogue with it. The maroons who support such a failed policy, will point to N.Ireland and the IRA as proof that one can deal with terrorists and end a conflict.
What these policy wonks never, ever discuss of course, is the fact that IRA terrorists never had any designs of conquest of the British Isle, but focused their efforts solely on regaining the lost province Northern Ireland. The Israelis would love to be that lucky. KGS