Are Europe and Israel “bound to be friends and allies”?

EUrsula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Minister arrived in Israel on June 13 to meet Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The main focus of the visit was the energy discussions. It was Draghi’s first trip to the Middle East.

Russia is by far Europe’s largest source of fossil fuels. But the war in Ukraine pushes Europe to seek alternative sources. On the other side of the Mediterranean, the Middle East with its energy values ​​is an obvious candidate. Most countries in the region are unstable and prone to turmoil, but Israel is a thriving and stable democracy. And Israel has large deposits of natural gas off its coast. Jerusalem then appears as a natural partner for Brussels.

While there, von der Leyen visited Ben Gurion University in the city of Beersheba. The university awarded him an honorary degree. Von der Leyen took the opportunity to Make a speech the. She says:

As long as I could think, I was convinced of two very simple facts. First, there is no Europe without European Jews. And secondly, Europe and Israel are necessarily friends and allies. Because the history of Europe is the history of the Jewish people. …

I have placed the fight against anti-Semitism and the promotion of Jewish life in Europe at the heart of the European Commission’s agenda. Our democracy flourishes if Jewish life in Europe also flourishes. Over the centuries, the Jewish people have been “a light to the nations”. And they will be a light for Europe for many centuries to come.

We have more in common than geography suggests. Our culture and our common values ​​have created a deep bond between Europe and Israel.

Von der Leyen is quite right to say that the history of Europe is the history of the Jewish people. Jews have lived in Europe and influenced European society for over 2,000 years. But is it fair to say that “Europe and Israel are necessarily friends and allies”?

“Europe is Simone Veil and Hannah Arendt,” said von der Leyen. “Europe is [Gustav] Mahler and [Franz] Kafka and [Sigmund] Freud. Europe is the values ​​of the Talmud, the Jewish sense of personal responsibility, justice and solidarity. Veil was a prominent French politician; Arendt, a German-born political theorist. Mahler was a composer; Kafka, an author; Freud is considered the father of modern psychology. All were Jews who had a lasting impact on European civilization.

Europe is also about the Crusades, where Jews (among others) were massacred in the name of the “liberation” of the Holy Land. Europe is Ferdinand and Isabella, the Spanish monarchs who forced all the Jews in their kingdom to convert to Catholicism or be expelled. Europe is the Russian tsars and their pogroms – murderous anti-Jewish riots. (Russia is of course not a member of the European Union, but many former parts of the Russian Empire, such as Poland and the Baltic States, are.) More recently, Europe is Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. Europe is the communist regimes of Eastern Europe and their support for Palestinian terrorists.

Europe is also the reason why the Jews were exiled from the land of Israel. In the first century a d., the Romans invaded the Holy Land and reduced Jerusalem to rubble. After the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt in a d. 135, Rome prohibits Jews from entering Jerusalem. Since then Jews have been persecuted wherever they went for hundreds and hundreds of years. “Europe” is – at least in part – what made the Jews a persecuted race in the first place.

Von der Leyen did not completely whitewash the legacy of anti-Semitism in Europe. She spoke about Europe’s current struggles against anti-Semitism. But his assertion that “the fight against anti-Semitism…is at the heart of the European Commission’s agenda” raises eyebrows.

On the same day von der Leyen met Bennett in Jerusalem, she traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh. Von der Leyen announced the transfer of approximately 214 million euros (we$226 million) to the Palestinian Authority. The money had previously been frozen due to Palestinian incitement to violence against Israel in school textbooks. No changes have taken place on the Palestinian side, but the money has nevertheless been released.

Then there is the question of the Palestinian non-governmental organizations (ngos). The ngoThe participants are the Addamer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Question Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, Union of Agricultural Labor Committees and Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. The Israeli Ministry of Defense last October labeled them terrorist organizations. This was due to their affiliation with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (pflp). The pflp is a militant communist terrorist group infamous for its hijackings. It’s not as publicized as it was decades ago, but he still commits acts of terror to this day.

These groups have been funded for years by the European Union and its Member States. In 2016, ngo Monitor found that many of these groups received funding from the EU, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany , Belgium and France. Despite the qualification of terrorist, the EU is still fund these groups.

The pflp is also designated as a terrorist group by the EU. The pflp has been historically supported by totalitarian communist regimes such as Soviet UnionChina and North Korea. It seems the EU is happy to continue where the Soviets left off.

On the one hand, EU officials like von der Leyen are happy to pay platitudes about the “fight against anti-Semitism”. But they are also happy to financially support terrorist groups. What explains the dichotomy?

Prominent journalist Melanie Phillips wrote in an article about von der Leyen’s speech:

[Europeans] pay devout homage to Jews murdered in the Holocaust. But in order to pretend that their own culture has nothing to do with how they died, they portray Israeli Jews as a completely different race.

While Jews murdered in the Holocaust are portrayed as passive and helpless, Israeli Jews are portrayed as militarily powerful. Because they have power, it is assumed that they cannot be victims.

Since the Palestinians are considered powerless, it is in turn assumed that they must be victims of the Israelis. Palestinian anti-Semitism must be denied because it would instead turn Israeli Jews into victims. It must be resisted.

Casting Israeli Jews as oppressors, thus erasing the unbroken line of anti-Semitism from ancient times to the Palestinians, gives Europeans a pass in their minds about the victimization of Jews in the Holocaust that they feel deeply complicit.

In other words, to justify their civilization’s legacy of complicity in the Holocaust, Europeans claim that modern Israelis are guilty of equivalent crimes. They are even prepared to fund terrorist groups to “prove” this.

Yet despite all of this, Bennett supported von der Leyen’s claims. “You said that Israel and Europe should be friends and allies because the history of Europe is the history of the Jewish people,” he said. “I couldn’t agree more.”

Israel is traditionally one of the least friendly states in the Middle East. He was attacked at one point by literally all of his neighbors. Jerusalem will take all the friends she can have. And the current Israeli government might see its gas fields as a good way to befriend Brussels. Perhaps that is why the Prime Minister is prepared to ignore such hypocrisy on the part of the European Commissioner.

All of this raises a few questions. How far is Israel prepared to go to get closer to Europe? And if Europe were forced to choose Israel or the Palestinians, who would it support?

A prophecy in the book of Hosea provides insight. Hosea 5:13 reads: “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: but he could not heal you, nor heal you of your wound.” Judah was the ancient name for the Jews – modern Israel. The Assyrians are the ancestors of modern Germany. (Request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for more information.)

Trumpet editor Gerald Flurry writes in his booklet Jerusalem in prophecy:

Why do Jews go to Germany, and what is the wound? Word wound is number 4205 in Strong’s concordance. It means “in the sense of binding: a bondage, i.e. remedy.” GeseniusLexicon defines it as follows: “pressing, dressing a wound; here used figuratively as a remedy applied to wounds of the state. In other words, the cure is the injury!

Another word for wound Obadiah 7 is also mentioned: “All the men of your confederacy have brought you to the border; the men who were at peace with you deceived you and prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have laid down a wound under you: there is no intelligence in him. This wound is number 4204 in Strong’s. Gesenius defines it as “lying; therefore, fraud, insidious traffic…net or trap. It has the same root as the word used in Hosea 5:13. At Abdias, the injury is directly linked to having been deceived by a peace pact!

Mr. Flurry then asks: “Does peace pact with the Arabs the Israelis wound that God refers to in Hosea 5:13? To solve their problems with the Arabs, Israelis are looking to Europe – especially Germany – for help. The Israeli-European gas talks show that this relationship is beginning to be seeded.

But Brussels’ support for the pflp shows that Europe’s support for Israel is hypocritical at best. At worst, it’s a stab waiting to happen. Other prophecies, like Isaiah 10:5-7, show that “Assyria” (Germany) will end up being a greater danger to Israel than even the Arabs. Verse 7 specifically says that Germany will “destroy and cut off many nations”. The Bible reveals that the State of Israel will be one of these nations.

Jerusalem reaches out to Europe at its peril.

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Edward K. Thompson