Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Europeans moderating their views of Israel?

It is interesting that all three of these stories appeared today:

THE former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, condemned plans by Anglican church leaders to disinvest from companies that do business in Israel yesterday.

Doctors Without Borders founder and former French health minister Dr. Bernard Kouchner lashes out against those who "have no memory" about the Holocaust and what the Jews have been though in the Middle East since then. Kouchner told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Monday that those who dismiss Israel's right to exist suffer from "historical amnesia." He dismissed out of hand those who support an academic boycott of Israeli institutions of research and higher education. "Boycott science? That's nonsense. They want to hurt Israel but they hurt the Palestinians as well," said Kouchner.

Israel need not pay much attention to Europe, which is using its Middle East policy to separate itself from the US, has a tendency toward appeasement and is largely pro-Palestinian, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar told The Jerusalem Post Monday.

"Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States," Aznar said in an interview on the Bar-Ilan University campus. "Europeans don't like any problems. They prefer appeasement."