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The EU as our friend? Reader comment on: EU "Upgrades" Relations with Israel, Strangling Strings Attached
Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com (United States), Aug 8, 2012 18:27
If we have learned anything at all from the EU's attitude to Israel, it is that it stands as stubborn and blinkered on the Arab side of the Arab-Israel conflict, as on the Palestinian side of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. We have to understand: it is easier for them that way, easier for them not to get bogged down in historical records, political realities, or sticky issues such as matters of security, or of the embarrassing Arab hostility toward Israel (issues that are, let's face it, so far from Europe). Israel is balancing many volatile factors, staving off many enemies, trying its best to house cousins - those who are friendly and those who are not so - in its midst. It is far from perfect; no one is. It's perfection consists in its perseverance; in balancing its desire to improve with its fear of losing its home. Besides, how successful are the European countries with their social issues? Do you see others meddling in their back rooms?
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