Ashton's impact on major foreign policy will be very much like her impact on world eceonomy as a EU trade commissioner:Zero. She and the new "President" of the EU van Rumpoy (hope I didn't misspell his name, he was barely heard of before, wasn't even elected to office in his country) were chosen over well known authorities such as Blair for one reason only: They are nobodies and as such can challenge neither the European national leadership, nor the Moddle Eastern ones. But, they can "courageously" critizice Israel. No danger in that, no Fatwah will be issued in East Londonistan against them. On the contrary. Nevertheless, their impact will remain zero and the Baronness will soon be in a position to return to horse racing and cucumber tea parties. Eldar doesn't get the difference between the discourse of the political European left and the European axis of decision.
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Hamas operative, 24, accused of attempting to attack soldiers on Gaza border (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel: EU official's 'occupation' remark casts pall on ties