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Europe and the Middle East
EU Officials Tell Israel to Lift Gaza Blockade

Even in 2016, some things proceed perfectly normally: EU officials are in Gaza today calling on Israel to lift its blockade. The AFP:

Ambassadors from 22 European Union states visited to assess the state of Gaza’s reconstruction in a trip organised and led by the EU.

It was the first such delegation since late 2014, which took place after that summer’s devastating 50-day war with Israel left 2,251 Palestinians and 73 Israelis dead, according to the United Nations.

Ralph Tarraf, head of the EU delegation to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, called on Israel to end the blockade on Gaza.

He called for “steps to bring about a political, security and economic change.”

He said all sides should work towards “ending the closure, taking into account the legitimate security concerns of the Gaza Strip’s neighbours.”

This is the kind of empty posturing under a thin cloak of diplomacy that gives the European Union a bad name and ensures that EU efforts in the Middle East have essentially no impact on facts on the ground. After all, it’s not just Israel maintaining the blockade. Egypt is an equally committed partner these days in the effort to starve Hamas of weapons and weapons-making supplies. Yet these EU officials have neglected to address Egypt in their rush to attack Israel.

One can never know what’s in another’s heart; we don’t know whether it’s mere foolishness or something darker that animates these officials. Either way, even if a single-minded focus on Israel is good politics back home, it makes for terrible foreign policy.

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  • Observe&Report

    The EU will have disappeared by the time Israel and Egypt decide to lift the blockade on Gaza.

  • JR

    Israel’s decision to diversify their trade from Europe ASAP is making more sense by the day.

  • Andrew Allison

    Fortunately, the EU can’t tell Israel to do anything, but merely make requests.

  • Blackbeard

    The Europeans have been Jew-haters for thousands of years. After the Holocaust they were embarrassed so they hid it for a while but they couldn’t resist for long.

    • JR

      I mean, I get that. I’m OK with that. But what is this infatuation with Muslims? Like, why? I’m genuinely curious.

      • Blackbeard

        When the Roman Empire was in terminal decline, and no longer had the will to defend itself, it took to bribing the various peoples they called “barbarians” to leave the Empire alone. Then they ran out of gold and the barbarians overran them anyway.

        Europe is today’s Roman Empire, economically stagnant, militarily impotent and experiencing demographic collapse. So they bribe today’s barbarians both with gold (“foreign aid”) and diplomatic support. As a nice side benefit they get to indulge their age old anti-semitism which they can disguise as sympathy for “oppressed peoples.”

        It won’t help them, the barbarians are coming anyway.

        • JR

          My thoughts exactly. But thanks for a more detailed explanation that I had any right to expect.

      • f1b0nacc1

        The EUnicks are great lovers of modern transnational liberalism….they fetishize minorities and ‘the underdog’….

        • JR

          I wouldn’t classify Muslims in Europe as underdogs. I just don’t understand biting the hand that feeds you and licking the boot that kicks you. I genuinely don’t get it, on a personal level.

          • f1b0nacc1

            The Muslims are poor, brown, and exotic….that is all that the EUnicks need to embrace them. I might add that they (the Muslims) are often as not virulently anti-Semitic, which certainly isn’t a problem for most Europeans and is likely an attraction for some.

            Regarding the biting and licking, that is what decadent societies do….

      • Tom

        Personally I think it stems from the fact that the European elites are still heavily influenced by the old aristocracy–you know, the ones who considered trade to be a dishonorable profession, and arms the only acceptable profession of a true gentleman.
        Guess how a lot of Muslim countries roll?

        • JR

          They are raping your women and children. Literally raping. Literally children. If your response to that is to lick the boot of your daughter’s rapist, then I’m sorry, you deserve to go extinct. Old aristocracy or new, when you are not able to protect your children, you are done, gone in one generation.

          • Tom

            I would like to point out that A. the children of the European elites are not being raped–that is the role of the children of the peasants; and B. I think the European elites are blithering morons.

          • JR

            On point A, it is the height of stupidity to assume that they won’t come for you. Also, have a sense of what is right and wrong. Otherwise, bad things will start happening to you and around you. Think lawless no-go zones that already exist. As for point B, agree with you 100%. My only hope at this point is to pass this mess to my children and grandchildren when the inevitable crack-up happens. Looks like that darned history didn’t stop after all.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Remember the comment Churchill made about appeasers…they will feed their friends to the crocodiles in the hopes that they will be eaten last. The Europeans are tired and decadent….they hope only to be spared the immediate consequences of their cowardice, and don’t seem to care what or who they have to sacrifice to buy that mercy. They won’t get it of course, but most of them know far too little of their own history to truly understand that.

          • JR

            When you are willing to sacrifice the bodies of children to buy some calm, you deserve to go extinct. I’m sorry, but that’s the way it works. However, being the eternal optimist, I still believe there are some real men and women who will fight to defend what’s theirs. I read somewhere (don’t have a source handy) that some high ranking French intelligence official believes that there will be low level clashes in France between Islamists and native populations in the next decade. I believe he is right about that and that it won’t be just low level clashes either.

          • f1b0nacc1

            I hope that you are right, I fear that you are not.

            Perhaps all is not lost though my friend (and I hope you don’t mind me calling you that!). The numbers are coming in, and perhaps (just perhaps!) we are seeing a rejection of the wishes of our elders and betters….perhaps the sun has not yet set on free people?

          • JR

            The sun will never set on free people. Never has, never will. If not us, than our grandchildren will be free. Like I said, being a dad makes one an optimist by definition. If I were single and childless, I’d have a much darker view, I’m sure.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Well, I am married and childless, but I stay close to the kids I volunteer with, so perhaps that is why I am still an optimist….

          • JR

            Whatever it takes. Good for you for volunteering. That’s kind of you.
            But is it petty of me that I can’t help but smile at the thought of some the Leftwingers’ faces.

          • f1b0nacc1

            These kids are amazing….they almost make me believe in the future again (grin)….

            Their mothers (no fathers, why am I not surprised), on the other hand, make FG look like a sober realist….it will be truly delightful to see them at our next meeting this Thursday night….

          • f1b0nacc1

            Tom points out (correctly) that the elites aren’t being raped, but there is more to it than that. The women and children of the peasants are being sacrificed to the moral vanity of the elites, who get to show what wonderful people they are by defending the Muslims. Just look at Rotherham, and read the comments made by the elites in Britain as the story broke.

    • LarryD

      European antisemitism only goes back to the Crusades, part of the reaction to the original Muslim incursion. Centuries, yes. Thousands of years, no.

  • brightlight

    Here’s what Israel should do:
    1. Attack Hamas and rip them out of Gaza without worrying about the EU thinks.
    2. Building concrete wall around there borders with Gaza cutting all the access points, power lines, etc. To Israel, Gaza no longer exists.
    3. Turn it over to the EU to run. 🙂

  • Fat_Man

    The Europeans will never forgive the Jews for the Holocaust.

  • FluffyFooFoo

    Something darker. To world elites, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Israelis are white pests occupying the land of the most holy other.

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