She blogged today about the former PM of Spain who commented recently to Isreal:
Israel need not pay much attention to Europe, which is using its Middle East policy to separate itself from the US, has a tendency toward appeasement and is largely pro-Palestinian, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar told The Jerusalem Post Monday.
“Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States,” Aznar said in an interview on the Bar-Ilan University campus. “Europeans don’t like any problems. They prefer appeasement.”
No wonder he was voted out, he actually has some intelligence and common sense.
Aznar said Europe had no chance of independently impacting on the situation in the Middle East and would be wise to work closely with the US.
“Do we Europeans have the capacity to change the situation and influence this area? The answer is no,” he said.
Aznar said that European policy was “not favorable to Israel,” and that different political leaders in Europe used the Middle East question as a way to establish a different identity from the US.
“In Europe, Israel is not very popular, not only this government, all governments,” he said. “Most Europeans support the Palestinian cause. Europeans sincerely wish for a peace agreement and support the peace process, but the reality is that the peace process is closed. At this moment I think that Europe should work closely with the States, because that is the only opportunity to change the region.”
Asked if Israel should, as a result, pay attention to the US, but not necessarily to Europe, Aznar succinctly replied: “Certainly.” He said that the French and Dutch rejection of the EU constitution last week provided the EU a good opportunity to reform its polices and move away from the isolationist, anti-Americanism that he said defined much of its foreign policy.
On the Middle East, he said, “The Europeans are of two minds. One is to work close with the States, and the other is to make many trips here, give many interviews, come up with many initiatives, but without results. The only possible way to make something work is to work closely with the US.”
Aznar interpreted the French and Dutch rejection of the EU Constitution as an indication of “a lack of trust of Europeans in the current leadership of Europe.” He said it was also a vote for a closer alliance with the US.
Sadly he is not in power anymore and the backwards spiral of Europe will continue. But hey, socialism still works….laugh.