Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The EU vs Israel: The Fix Is In

We've been watching the story of the U.S. vs Israel recently, but the EU doesn't want to be left out of the anti-Israeli picture. The article below underscores that fact. Additionally (see bolded statements), this article reveals the twisted and distorted views which exist towards Israel. 

The European Union’s ambassador to Israel said Wednesday that the EU does not understand what exactly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means when he demands that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Seriously? The EU "does not understand" Israel as a Jewish State? Unbelievable. It gets worse:

Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen also said that if Israel’s settlement policies wrecked the current US-led peace efforts, then Israel would be held responsible for the failure of the negotiations, and rightly so. “Naturally” and “logically,” he said, “the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep.”

Briefing reporters in Jerusalem, Faaborg-Andersen said of the “Jewish Israel” issue: “I don’t think we have any clear position on that because we’re not 100% sure what is meant by this concept of a Jewish state.”

After the briefing, Faaborg-Andersen’s spokesperson clarified in a statement that, “The EU has not pronounced a position on the question of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state among other reasons because we’re not sure about the implications of this on other final status issues. Therefore, we think that this is an issue to be discussed between the parties.”

Netanyahu has repeatedly declared that he considers the Palestinians’ unwillingness to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, or as the nation-state of the Jewish people, as the core root of the conflict. The Palestinians, on the other hand, have said they will never agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, with some officials saying this would disenfranchise Arab citizens of Israel and require the Palestinians to give up their national narrative and the demand for a “right of return” to Israel for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

Earlier on Wednesday, Faaborg-Andersen met with Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin in Jerusalem. During the meeting, Elkin complained about the EU’s “unfair and one-sided policy” vis-à-vis Israel, according to his spokesperson. “We’re condemned for every announcement of [settlement] building, but there are no condemnations issued over the rocket fire from Gaza and the escalation in the region,” Elkin told Faaborg-Andersen.
Last week, after Israeli ambassadors in several European capitals, including London, Rome and Paris, were called in by their host countries to hear complaints over Israel’s settlement plans, Netanyahu launched an even more bitter attack against the EU.

Netanyahu said the move was hypocritical. “The European Union called in our ambassadors in the EU because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors to complain about the incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction? When do the Palestinian ambassadors get called in to hear complaints about the fact that security officers in the Palestinian security forces are participating in terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis?”

It is time to “stop this hypocrisy,” Netanyahu said. “I think it’s time to inject some balance and fairness into this discussion. I think this imbalance and this bias against Israel doesn’t advance peace. I think it pushes peace further away because it tells the Palestinians you can basically do anything you want, say anything you want, incite any way you want, and you won’t be held accountable.”

As they say, "the fix is in". This entire situation now appears to be pre-planned - as the inevitable failure will be placed squarely upon Israel's shoulders. The immediate question becomes, "What will happen next?"

On Wednesday, Faaborg-Andersen also reiterated his assessment that Israel would be blamed for the failure of the current US-brokered peace effort if the talks collapsed because of Israeli plans to build additional housing units beyond the 1967 lines.

“If the talks are wrecked as a result of an Israeli settlement announcement, then the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep,” the EU envoy said. Settlements undermine trust in a negotiated settlement, as Israel is eating the cake while discussing how it should be divided, he said. If Israel’s actions result in the talks’ breakdown, “naturally and logically [Israel] will be to blame,” he said.

If Israel continues to expand its presence beyond the Green Line, without a peace agreement being signed, it “will find itself increasingly isolated,” he predicted. “Not necessarily because of any decisions taken at a government level but because of decisions taken by a myriad of private economic actors, be it companies, be it pension funds, be it consumers who will be choosing other product on the supermarket shelves.”
For now, the EU opposes a boycott of products from Jewish settlements, but several member states are already attaching special labels to such goods, and this policy might be adapted EU-wide in the future, Faaborg-Andersen said.

The tendency to want to label West Bank products is “gaining momentum every time there’s a settlement announcement here,” he added. “And that’s one of the reasons why we think these [additional building plans and their execution] are counterproductive, both for the negotiations but also because they don’t play in in a good way with the public and also the political class in Europe. I’m afraid that this is something that further fuels that debate.”

Is this actually serious? 

We need to remember - that even though it may not be a "popular" concept, Israel is indeed a sovereign nation. The idea that they should stop building living space for their citizens on their land because such a concept "doesn't play in a good way with the (EU) public and the 'political class' in Europe" is beyond ridiculous. Beyond surreal. Beyond believable. But there it is, in black and white. 

Is it really a stretch to envision the intense persecution of the Jewish people that will take place during the Tribulation? 


Stephen said...

and yet, despite all expectations
for the end, stocks REFUSE to drop.
in fact, several key market indicators are AT RECORD highs

record highs.

like the transports and the SP 500.

up we go....for a LONG time.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>

Scott said...

Irv - been there done that

Scott said...

That was in reference to a comment I deleted. Had nothing to do with you

Anonymous said...

Plans to Microchip All Newborns in U.S. and Europe Underway -
See more at:

On May 2014, through Europe newborn children will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip.

Public clinics in the European Union are to be alerted. The chip in inquiry will be contributed with the report sheet on the newborn.

This chip will also be an impressive GPS sensor that will task with a micro- disposable battery every 2 years in state clinics. GPS chip grants an edge of error of 5 meters, as a statement that it is excellent.

It will be linked straight to a satellite, which will guide the networks. As forecasted, this chip will be essential for all kids born after May 2014 , but with a present confirmation date until December 2016.

Unknown said...

Hi Scott, iam new to your blog and i love it! Thank you! I have 2 questions that are bothering me and i would like to ask you. Can i just ask in the comments window below? Maybe some others who follow your blog might give their thoughts too!I think they are pretty simple questions. I am a newly baptized Christian by 3 yrs, so i don't know yet if the Bible answers these questions directly. i will eventually know the answers myself but of course some help is needed now. Thank you :-)

Scott said...

Julie - sure feel free !

Unknown said...

Thanks Scott! So i have 2questions. The first question is about Jews. Why will any Jew have to go through the Tribulation if they are Gods chosen people? Wouldn't they be automatically taken up with us in the rapture??
The second question is about the AC and his mark people will get. Will it be in plain sight or hidden?? Also is there any way that it could be a microchip for example injected under the skin where you can then just be scanned. Like a credit card. I thought about that question after i read an article that one of your followers left a link to. Very interesting and good info i think. Thanks Scott. I look forward to hearing from you as well as anyone else. Thank you,-Juls

Scott said...

That answer really gets into dispensationalism and its actually a pretty complicated topic. I'll try to be brief.

There are still 7 years left on the 490 year clock that was given to the nation of Israel at the time of their return from Babylonian captivity (Daniel 9)....That clock stopped at the time of the Cross as the Jews rejected Christ as the Messiah. That 490 years must be completed. Even though they are indeed Gods 'chosen people', they have not accepted Christ, nor is their "time" completed.

The Church however, by accepting what Christ did on the cross doesn't have to face God's wrath, because Jesus has already done that. By accepting that, then you will not have to face God's wrath upon an unrepentant world (which is what will happen during the Tribulation) - that offer is available to all people, including the Jews.

For those that reject the offer, will, unfortunately, have to experience the Tribulation - it doesn't matter if Jew or Gentile. Its binary. Either you accept the gift offered by Jesus or you reject it. Period.

Why there is a Tribulation can only be answered by God. I do know one thing - people will have had every opportunity to accept Christ - but will have willfully chosen to reject it. I personally believe that the carnage experienced during the Trib may be the ONLY way to get these people's attention. If that is what it takes, then it will be a good thing, because the prospects of eternity in Hell is FAR worse than anything that the Tribulation can offer.

The MOTB will be visible. Recent technology has made the "microchip" available in the form of a tattoo - which is interesting. Who knows. Some people believe that the Tribulation will be a very "low tech" environment and 'the mark' will literally be a tattoo - for those who come for gov't handouts (food water etc)...And some folks believe it will be "high tech" such as the microchip. Who knows what the post-rapture world will look like. Fortunately I won't be here, so I'm not that interested to be honest :)