The EU and the Syrian Track:
Policy Paper No. 101, 2000
There has been a long perception in Europe and the USA, that
Israel survived when it should not have, with gains, and therefore
since 1967 and 1973, it has been subject to pressures to cut it down
to size. Since the end of the Cold War, this has meant a willingness
to seek a rapprochement with Syria (EU financial promises; courting
of Assad by Clinton). By the acceptance of this process by Rabin
and Peres (followed by Ehud Barak), an extraordinary phenomenon
has occurred in Israel.
The pressures on Israel to surrender the Golan have been accepted,
not simply seen as external and malevolent. The false arguments
behind them have been swallowed and have then poisoned rational
analysis of the importance of the Golan. Syria's image has altered
in Europe and the USA and Israel has lost, as it were, the capacity
to see what the many internal left wing changes in perception of its
true interests mean: that those working heedless of Israeli
vulnerability and destruction are succeeding – and with Israel
accepting this weakening as a recipe for "peace" when in fact an
inversion of logic has occurred – a kind of "paradigm shift"
exacerbated by the timing is taking place: an ailing minority regime,
bankrupt, in a succession crisis, is gaining a position of mastery.
How Europe views Israel being sacrificed for the sake of Europe's
and America's ambitions is an unpleasant reality to be faced up to – it appears not to care at all.
The only conclusion: the EU and US, wishing Israel to surrender
water, strategic assets, deterrent capability, historic and religious
association and so on, are either themselves incapable of
understanding the significance of such, or willfully desire the end of
Israel. So developed is the deception in Israel that loss of assets to
those who hate it is viewed as beneficial. Thus it is perhaps
justifiable for someone from outside to draw attention to it.
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