Classic case of the soft racism of lowered expectations.
Again, this is the reason why Israeli leaders refuse to take many of their European counterparts seriously. They consistently show themselves to be extremists, incapable of exhibiting coherent logical thoughts about the Jewish state, it’s always Israel to blame, never the Arabs. Here is once again former Israeli ambassador Avi Granot at Helsinki University, explaining the extremism of Avi Shlaim which mirrors the thinking of these politicians.
A group of 19 composed of former EU presidents, prime ministers, ministers and senior officials wrote in a letter last week that “the Peace Process as conceived in the Oslo Agreements has nothing more to offer” and that Israel is responsible for “the bitterness generated by the harsh conditions of life under the Occupation.”
In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Josh Block, CEO of The Israel Project, an American pro-Israel organization based in Washington, countered, “Rather than pursuing their hypocritical, myopic and relentlessly disproportionate interest in blaming Israel instead of [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas’ corrupt Palestinian Authority and the terrorist group Hamas, who are responsible for failing and isolating their own people and rejecting peace offer after peace offer, these folks should focus on their own problems in Europe, where Hezbollah is carrying out terrorist attacks with impunity while raising money all across Europe, under these people’s watchful eyes, to help Assad slaughter his own people day after day.”
The list of signatories to the Ashton letter include former Italian prime minister Guiliano Amato, former Irish prime minister John Bruton, former European Commissioner former Austrian foreign minister Benita Ferrero- Waldner, former Portuguese foreign minister Teresa Patricio Gouveia, former Swedish foreign minister and deputy prime minister Lena Hjelm- Wallén, former French prime minister Lionel Jospin, and Ruprecht Polenz, former chairman of the Bundestag foreign affairs committee.
The EU group accused the Obama administration of failing to broker peace and urged EU leaders to “play a political and not just a funding role,” in the Middle East peace process.
Blogging last week at the Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams, a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the council, wrote that “The letter is important in one way: it shows that European official and elite thinking continue to blame Israel for everything related to the so-called peace process.
Nowhere does the letter mention the issue of anti-Semitic broadcasting and hate speech in Palestinian official media, nor the matter of the glorification of terrorism and terrorists by the PA, and the impact such conduct has on prospects for peace.”
Abrams also argued that the letter’s signatories omitted mention of the recalcitrant posture of the Palestinians.
He cited Abbas and his refusal of “an extremely generous offer from [former] Israeli prime minister Olmert. The Formerly Eminent Persons appear to have forgotten this, or far more likely to be seeking to avoid that truth. Equally inaccurate is their line about the ‘failure of the parties,’ a phrase which refuses to acknowledge that only the Palestinians have refused to negotiate in the last four years, not ‘the parties.”’