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  March 30/09. The European Union (EU) has resorted to making vague threats against Israel’s Prime Minister-designate, Binyamin Netanyahu, to pressure him to support the “the two-state solution,” which calls for the creation of an Arab state of Palestine inside the current borders of the Jewish State.

EU members spoke on the subject after a weekend session of EU foreign ministers that was held at the Hluboka castle in the Czech Republic – which is the EU’s current rotating president.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Swarzenberg was asked whether a failure to reach a two-state agreement between Israel and the PA would hurt the EU’s relations with Israel, and answered: “The relations would certainly become problematic. We shall discuss the repercussions of this matter in one of our next meetings,” he said.

German Foreign Minister Franz-Walter Steinmeier said that “we Europeans insist that, regardless of the governments on both sides, the two-state solution must top the agenda.”

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that the upgrading of trade relations between the EU and Israel depends on the conclusion of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Some of the EU foreign ministers seem to be drawing encouragement from U.S. President Barack Obama’s statements on the subject this week. Obama's commitment to the Middle East “peace process” early in his term means "there is real hope for progress in the region," Swarzenberg said.

This is the second time in less than a month that the EU has threatened Israel with dire consequences if it does not agree to the “two-state” solution. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana warned that the EU would “reevaluate its ties with Israel” if the new government does not continue down the road to the creation of a state of Palestine.

"Let me say very clearly that the way the European Union will relate to an Israeli government that is not committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different," he said earlier this month.



                   BY CHUCK MISSLER

                   April 1/09. Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to form a coalition government, a necessity since his Likud party does not hold enough seats in the Knesset to pass any legislation. He presented his new cabinet on Tuesday - a collection of ministers from several different (and often conflicting) parties. While Israelis – and the world – hope for peace and stability in the Holy Land, past failures have tilted public opinion toward cynicism. Netanyahu's strong interest in Israel's security and his current broad-based coalition may have a chance to bring more stability than Israel has seen in a long time… if his government can hold together.

                   Netanyahu told the Knesset on Monday that he would do his "utmost to achieve a just and lasting peace with all our neighbors." While in the past he has been considered hawkish in his fight to protect Israel's security, Netanyahu is now being considered more "pragmatic." His coalition includes groups on both the Right and the Left, and makes up an interesting collection in Israel's parliament:

The list of parties in the coalition:

Likud – 27 seats

Yisrael Beitenu – 15 seats

Labour – 13 seats

Shas – 11 seats

Jewish Home – 3 seats

                   These 69 seats give Netanyahu a fair majority in the 120-seat Knesset. His cabinet alone will be one of the largest in history with as many as 30 ministers. He's had to order a new table to seat everybody.

                   In the meanwhile, Netanyahu has expressed interest in peace and cooperation with key players, including the Palestinians and United States. Netanyahu's English is excellent; he spent part of his youth in Philadelphia and graduated from MIT. While there has been skepticism that he will cooperate with the United States after having butted heads with Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Netanyahu has said he believes he can work with Obama. He has met with the new US President twice and believes Obama is "open to new ideas."






April 3/09.  In the chanceries of Europe, the die has apparently been cast. The time has come to launch an all-out diplomatic war against Israel. That is, the time has come to begin to unravel EU acceptance of Israel's right to exist.

Last Friday, in anticipation of the swearing in of the new Netanyahu government, EU foreign ministers met in Prague and discussed how they would stick it to the Jews.

According to media reports, the assembled ministers and diplomats decided that they will freeze the process of upgrading EU relations with Israel until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explicitly commits his government to establishing a Palestinian state and accepts that the only legitimate policy an Israeli government can have is the so-called "two-state solution."

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwartzenberg, whose country currently holds the rotating EU Presidency reportedly summed up the new approach saying, "There won't be any progress in relations between Israel and the European Union until the Israeli government clarifies its stance on the creation of a Palestinian state."

On an operational level, the assembled ministers and diplomats decided to cancel the Israel-EU summit now scheduled for late May until Israel has bowed to Europe's demand.

Europe's decision to launch a preemptive strike against the Netanyahu government even before it was sworn into office on Tuesday came against the backdrop of its growing enthusiasm for opening formal ties with Hamas. As the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday, Europe's diplomatic courtship of the Iranian-sponsored genocidal terror group is being spearheaded by Sweden and Switzerland. But they are far from alone.

Britain's Foreign Minister David Miliband has in recent weeks openly called for recognizing Hamas. France is reportedly using its involvement in the attempts to secure the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Schalit from his Hamas-controlled captors to advance its own bilateral ties to the jihadist group. At last Friday's meeting, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht reportedly also called for Europe to open ties with Hamas.

In its move to isolate Israel - and indeed to treat the only free country in the Middle East as if it is morally and politically inferior to Hamas - the EU reportedly believes that it is acting in concert with the Obama administration. Since entering office, and increasingly in recent weeks, the Obama administration has been both directly and indirectly signaling that it will adopt a hostile stance towards Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his government.




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