Now that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s new coalition government is in place, much of the world has returned to its anti-Israel bias and pressure on the Jewish state. Writing at Israel Hayom, Zalman Shoval looks at this European pressure and hopes that Israel’s greatest ally, the United States, will once again come to its defense:
Once the new Israeli government was formed, European dignitaries began visiting at an increased rate, arriving with warnings that Israel must soon launch a “diplomatic initiative” to renew negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, or expect growing pressure in the form of various concrete measures.
According to their declarations, the Europeans intend to “play a leading role in re-launching the peace process based on the two-state solution,” largely predicated on the French proposal to immediately resume talks with a timetable of a year and a half to draft a final status agreement, after which, if a deal is not reached, “France will recognize Palestine as a state…”
It is difficult not to notice the European Union’s undertone that it has decided to support the establishment of a Palestinian state, even without any real negotiations and regardless of Israel’s positions on the matter…
This is not the first time (and certainly won’t be the last) that Europe has tried making its mark on the Palestinian issue while outflanking the United States, but we can hope that, as in the past, Washington will take the wind out of its sails. Indeed, we received an encouraging sign over the weekend that despite the differences of opinion over the Iranian nuclear program, the Obama administration is sticking to traditional U.S. policies when it comes to Israel’s vital interests, not only on security assistance, but, perhaps even more importantly, by defeating the Egyptian initiative to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone.
We must hope this positive approach will be applied to the French proposal as well, when it is presented in the coming weeks to the U.N. Security Council. As a practical conclusion, it is clear the American viewpoint must continue to play a central role in whatever diplomatic initiatives the Israeli government chooses to pursue.