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
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
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.