Sarkozy Wants EU Consensus on PA Statehood
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday he wants a united European Union voice on the issue of the Palestinian Authority statehood bid at the United Nations in September.
Sarkozy added that the world could not continue to leave the Israeli-PA peace process frozen while the "Arab Spring" causes change elsewhere in the region.
Up until now most EU countries have refrained from committing on how they would vote on the resolution, saying it would depend on the text of the resolution itself. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is scheduled to convene an informal meeting of the EU’s 27 foreign ministers to discuss the issue on September 2.
This is a fascinating development for many of us who have been waiting for the EU to take a lead role in this entire "peace process" involving a PA State and new (indefensible) borders.
Sooner or later, the "covenant" will come from the revived Roman Empire (via the antichrist), after morphing into the 10 Kings stage. It would make sense to see this process begin - even prior to the formalization of the 10 Kings stage. We may be witnessing the beginnings of the EU assuming leadership in this process.
It is also interesting to see Mr Sarkozy taking the lead role within the EU.
Sarkozy's comments have been criticized by some commentators as being driven by a desire for Arab trade - and to silence nations who dissent from his views - rather than principle, amid fears that France's triple-A credit rating could come under threat if the European sovereign debt crisis worsens.
An even more interesting development. So now we see that there are trade benefits as well.
"This deal is enormously important. It gives more power to the Palestinians to trade directly with the EU. And it's a signal of good will from the international community that comes at an important time," said Maria Eleni Koppa, a Greek socialist lawmaker who led the committee's discussion on the issue.
We need to keep an eye on this. It wouldn't be surprising to see the world looking more towards Europe for a solution to the Middle East rather than the U.S. That would represent a big but necessary change - as stated, sooner or later the revived Roman Empire will finalize this deal through their leader. It won't be the U.S.
We may be seeing the beginnings of this necessary change.