Israel's Foreign Ministry ordered to 'reassess' EU involvement with Palestinians after decision to label West Bank goods; 'decision is almost completely devoid of any real significance,' official says.23:15 29.11.15 | 25 comments
Although Europeans are not known for great fairness in foreign affairs, to describe their reaction to the Israeli overreaction as hypocrisy is a little paranoid. It's a balancing act they are trying to perform to prevent the region from exploding. Yes, terrorists are killing innocent Israelis, and Israel has a natgional duty to prevent such acts, but the Israeli army is also the military giant in the area. It's called TSAHAL, "Israeli Defense Forces"; they need to protect us but not commit acts of revenge. Did not Israel proclaim a policy of proportional reactions? How is killing civilians going to prevent even bloodier escalation of violence? Can Israel ever end all acts of suicide bombing either by targeted killings or by using its military might? Unfortunately not; in some confrontations might is not the response. If an atmosphere of calm would prevail for some time it might be possible to achieve small steps toward security, if not peace.