Israel is VERY UNHAPPY at Catherine Ashton's handling of her new HR/CFSP position. Click here to read all about it in Haaretz. For her opening speech to the European Parliamke andent whose support she needs for ultimate confirmation of her appointment, she opened with strong denunciations of Israel. She had some positive reaction to this from like minded parliamentarians who called for immediate suspension of the EU's TREATY OF ASSOCIATION with Israel. This was the same treaty originally negotiated by Javier Solana and signed between the European Union and Spain on November 20, 1995. It takes a lot to make Javier Solana look dynamic and a friend of Israel, and I don't know what his present aspirations are to take his old job in its new incarnation and make of it the powerful force he designed it to be, but I suspect that if he wanted to return, he would have strong
Following her comments, a number of MEPs from the liberal side of the house called for punitive measures against Israel, including the suspension of the EU's Association Agreement with Israel. Irish center-left member Proinsias De Rossa, who visited the West Bank last week, called Israel's treatment of Palestinians a form of "apartheid."
This time it was neither the Swedish president who pushed the EU toward an anti-Israel resolution, nor a judge in Britain who issued an arrest warrant against an Israeli foreign minister. Criticism of Israel has become the language of choice in European discourse.