Europe's double standard re: Israel

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Chad Groening (

A U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on terrorism isn't surprised that European nations continue to show a double standard when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Speaking to foreign journalists, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused the international community of a double standard, saying it condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank but not the Palestinians' refusal to renew peace talks. It also ignores Hamas' call for the end of the Jewish state.

Israel was widely condemned when it announced last week it would proceed with Jewish housing in a strategic area near Jerusalem after the U.N. accepted Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Rubin, DavidDavid Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh and author The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama, says those proposed settlements are on sovereign Israeli land captured during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

"Israel recaptured its capital that was the capital of Israel for over a thousand years; it was under Israeli sovereignty," Rubin notes.

Yet there are still nations telling Israel that it does not have a right to build settlements in its ancient capital.

"It sounds a little bit like an almost Nazi approach," the expert suggests. "And it's kind of frightening when you see that a lot of those countries that are criticizing Israel are on the European continent, which should have learned [their] lessons about 70 years ago."

Rubin believes Netanyahu was justified in pointing out that so many of these countries voted for the resolution for Palestinian independence but failed to address Israeli security concerns.

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