Analysis: Abstainers envision themselves as 'middle men'

Monday, December 3, 2012
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A scholar and expert on European policy feels it's unfortunate that countries like Great Britain and Germany opted to abstain from voting on the Palestinian state resolution last week at the United Nations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his cabinet will travel to Germany this week -- after Germany joined Britain and several other Western nations in abstaining on a U.N. vote to recognize a Palestinian state. Israel, the United States, Canada and a handful of other countries voted against the resolution; more than 130 voted in favor.

Germany is traditionally one of Israel's staunchest allies in Europe. It abstained because it feared the Palestinians' move could further harden positions in the stalled Middle East peace process, but stopped short of voting "no" to their call for recognition.

Schaefer

Brett Schaefer is a fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation. He says countries like Germany and Britain do not want to choose sides.

"The Europeans see themselves as sort of 'middle men' in trying to negotiate this process," he explains. "The Europeans envision themselves as trying to be honest brokers or negotiators in trying to mediate the peace. Unfortunately, I think they're misreading the situation."

Schaefer believes the vote last week will only encourage the Palestinians to take more rash actions.

"[They will] try and isolate Israel in terms of perhaps inviting the International Criminal Court to extend its jurisdiction there," he predicts. "And perhaps they would also be emboldened to encourage more terrorist acts such as those we saw occurring in the rocket strikes out of Gaza earlier this month."

Schaefer thinks it is very unfortunate that the vote took place.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's your favorite part about the Super Bowl?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam
Latest: Trump makes stronger effort to turn out NH vote
Gun control not resonating as key issue in NH
GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid
Al-Qaida group claims attack on police station in north Mali
UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Suffolk/Boston Globe Poll: Trump up by 10 pts. on Rubio in NH
Fiorina excluded from ABC's Rep debate
Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan
Afghanistan meeting ends with call for talks with Taliban
Rubio scores endorsement from Jindal

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
U.S. defense act includes Iron Dome

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is pleased that the Senate has agreed to support a vital and proven Israeli anti-missile defense system in the Defense Authorization bill.