Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Israel slams EU's decision to prohibit doing business with occupied West Bank companies

Here. I really don't want this blog to become one that focusses too much on Israel. There are bigger fish to fry in the world, quite frankly, but this is timely.

Says Netanyahu: "We will not accept anyone on the outside dictate our borders to us. This topic will only be determined by direct negotiation between the two parties."

Let's look at the logic there: first off, these are agreements between two sovereign countries, who can do whatever they want. Secondly, Netanyahu appears to be trying to dictate to the EU that it should recognize their borders, exactly what he's accusing the EU of. Neither the EU, nor any other country in the world, is obligated to recognize Israel's violations of international law, and the fact that Netanyahu seems to think that what his little presidency says goes indicates the sort of delusions of grandeur that often accompany Israeli politics. Without the U.S. backing it up, Israel is a small, relatively powerless, country in the Middle East. 

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