Sources: US behind European protest measures

Sources: US behind European protest measures – Israel News, Ynetnews.

( Thank you,  Joseph Finkelstein. = JW )

Israeli officials with ties to US administration say Washington gave Europe green light to summon Israeli ambassadors over settlement construction. Australia also calls ambassador to protest move

Attila Somfalvi

Published: 12.04.12, 08:58 / Israel News

The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday.

“The European move is essentially an American move,” one official said. “The Brits asked the Americans how to act.”

The Foreign Ministry fears Europe will take further punitive steps against Israe over its decision to advance construction in the E1 area between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem.

Last week Israel announced the construction of an additional 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank. But it was the decision to advance the planning procedures of housing units in the segment connecting Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem, known as the E1 project, that truly infuriated Washington and Europe.

Meanwhile, Australia also announced it was summoning the Israeli ambassador to protest Israel’s moves.

“Australia has long opposed all settlement activity,” Foreign Minister Bob Carr said in a statement after Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem’s meeting with senior Australian officials.
"בנייה ב-E1 - סטירת לחי גרועה יותר ממה שקרה בביקור ביידן" (צילום: רויטרס)

Ma’ale Adumim. ‘Slap in the face’ (Photo: Reuters)

“Such activity threatens the viability of a two-state solution without which there will never be security in Israel.”

Carr, whose country takes up a rotating UN Security Council seat next year, said Israel’s actions had complicated the chances of fresh negotiations between the two sides. “I am extremely disappointed with these reported Israeli decisions,” he said.

“The Americans and Brits believe that building in area E1 would essentially terminate the peace process,” an Israeli official explained. Earlier this week, Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to express deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

“The Europeans got the green light to respond with extreme measures and the US in the meantime decided not to impose economic sanctions on the Palestinians in response to their UN bid,” the official said. “The Americans decided to bolster Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) and push for a resumption of peace talks.”

Following the wave of international criticism, the prime minister’s bureau said that Israel will continue to pursue its vital interests “even in the face of international pressure. The decision will not be changed.”

It was further stated that “if the Palestinians continue to act unilaterally – Israel will act accordingly.”

Tensions are likely to mount again next week when the Jerusalem Planning and Construction Committee will discuss a plan for the construction of an additional 1,600 housing units in the capital’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood – a plan that had been frozen after US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel in 2010.

Prime Minister Netanyahu might also encounter difficulties during his visit to Germany this week after Berlin strongly protested Israeli construction beyond the Green Line. German Chancellor Angela Merkel however did not cancel the visit.

‘Major slap in the face’

“The US regards the E1 construction plan as an even bigger slap in the face than what happened during Biden’s visit,” the Israeli official remarked.

“The Americans are at a difficult position having backed Israel at the UN against the Palestinian bid. They did not expect this from Israel. Administration officials feel that Netanyahu is humiliating them and making a fool out of them by creating such a diplomatic crisis.”

Israeli state officials estimate that Europe will take even tougher measures if additional construction is approved. The steps may include banning goods, reducing the scope of trade and placing limitations on scientific collaborations. Further construction may also result in the expansion of the de-legitimization campaign.

Nevertheless some Foreign Ministry officials believe that Europe fails to understand the Israeli public mindset. “They don’t understand public opinion. What the Americans can do, Europe can’t.”

Meanwhile, senior state officials criticized Netanyahu over his response to the Palestinians’ UN move. “The prime minister’s bureau raised the issue of the International Court of Justice and because of that the Palestinians decided to take their bid further. Abu Mazen will now seek membership in all of the UN agencies.”

One state official claimed that to anger the Europeans would be a strategic mistake at this point, in light of Europe’s support of Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense. “Europe and the US decided to teach us a lesson on the peace talks and the settlement issue. Support during Pillar of Defense has enabled Europe to start putting pressure on Israel.”

Reuters contributed to this report

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8 Comments on “Sources: US behind European protest measures”

  1. artaxes Says:

    I am not in the least surprised.

  2. Luis Says:

    Every step against Israel in Europe and USA means more voters for Netanyahu; the stupid europeans never understood the israeli mentality. We don’t like to be orchestrated attacked, not even politically. Obama tried this in the past; now , he is acting by his proxies in Europe. Poor bastards. Doesn’t they learned anything from their own bloody past ? With plenty of jewish blood on their hands, those french, germans and other ”illuminate” nations of embattled european continent should know better and stop supporting the enemies of the people of Israel.

    He who hates the jews, hate Jesus. Real good Christians love Israel, Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Merry Christmas to all.

    • josephwouk Says:

      Of course they do. Jesus was a devout Jew. The Romans killed him for being “king of the Jews.”

      The ghastly anti-Semitic history of Christianity would have made Jesus rethink his redemption would it not for American Christianity which has redeemed Christianity’s ;place in the world as a positive force for peace and understanding.

      Merry Christmas, AMERICA !

      • Justice for israel Says:

        Well said we need to get this message over to europe,in the uk the people are with you but obamas poodle is on heat

      • josephwouk Says:

        Justice…

        Yes, it needs to get out. I’m doing what I can with this website. Do what you can to spread the word. It makes sleeping at night a lot easier. Trust me… JW

  3. josephwouk Says:

    Luis…

    The irony is that the enemies of Israel are even greater enemies of Europe. The European people know it. The feckless governments continue to look up and whistle.

  4. artaxes Says:

    Luis, Mr. Wouk,
    Thank you both for your kind and true words regarding Jesus, Cristians and Jews and your Christmas wishes.
    As a European I can tell you, that there are still too many antisemites or people with strong resentments against Israel.
    The sad truth is that too many Europeans are sleeping.
    We are constantly bombarded by an elite and a media which is beyond disgusting.
    The elite and the media are dominated by multiculturalists, leftists, “progressives”, moral relativists, socalled liberals.
    Political correctness is running amok.
    While there are still antisemites on the right and some fascist fringes the biggest threat today comes from the left and from the Muslims.
    We have seen leftists protesting side by side with muslim hamas sympathizers who shout vile anti-jewish slogans like “hamas, hamas, Jews to the gas”.
    Today the few but loyal friends of Israel in Europe are devout Christians.
    Unsurprisingly the biggest rise of antisemitism and antisemitic violence is amongst muslims living in Europe.
    In Malmö, Sweden Jews think of leaving the country while about 90% of all rapes are perpetrated by muslims.
    The politicians aknowledged it, but do nothing about it.
    I am afraid, that Europe will only wake up, when we expirience what you in Israel expirience every day.
    When the Muslims in Europe reach a critical mass and start persecute non-Muslims, gays unveiled women and enyone else they deem unislamic on a scale which no longer can be covered up, then we will see a change.
    This change will also lead to a much more positive attidude towards Israel.

    Shalom


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