This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it. The battleground is everywhere: the media … multinational organizations … NGOs.
In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah.
The result is the curious situation we have today: Israel becomes increasingly ostracized, while Iran – a nation that has made no secret of wishing Israel’s destruction – pursues nuclear weapons loudly, proudly, and without apparent fear of rebuke.
For me, this ongoing war is a fairly obvious fact of life.
Every day, the citizens of the Jewish homeland defend themselves against armies of terrorists whose maps spell out the goal they have in mind: a Middle East without Israel.
In Europe, Jewish populations increasingly find themselves targeted by people who share that goal.
And in the United States, I fear that our foreign policy sometimes emboldens these extremists.
It's a pretty direct speech. He even zeroes in on the words of a (maybe typical) European bureaucrat:
...a European Commission trade minister declared that peace in the Middle East is impossible because of the Jewish lobby in America. Here’s how he put it:
“There is indeed a belief—it’s difficult to describe it otherwise—among most Jews that they are right. And it’s not so much whether these are religious Jews or not. Lay Jews also share the same belief that they are right. So it is not easy to have, even with moderate Jews, a rational discussion about what is actually happening in the Middle East.”
This minister did not suggest the problem was any specific Israeli policy. The problem, as he defined it, is the nature of the Jews.
It's hard to deny that there's a serious world-wide upsurge in anti-Semitic thought, speech, and deeds. It's harder, I think, to pinpoint exactly why this is so. Part of me thinks that, in this country, anyway, there's a certain kind of anti-anti-Semitism fatigue -- you know what I mean: you look around and you see a group that's prosperous and successful and hugely participatory in the culture, that contributes enormously to the American Engine, and you may think to yourself, Well, okay, so how much anti-Semitism could there really be?
But the stark fact is, if they had to choose between an alliance with Israel or an alliance with Iran, most of the establishment thinkers and politicians in Europe would instinctively choose Iran. You'd think, after all that's happened, Europe would be able to know the difference, and to make the right choice.