Is there a Deep and Mysterious Issue Concerning the EU and Israel?
Time is running out for Israel as the nations rage against her. And the European Union (EU) is certainly no exception. Whilst occasionally the EU appears to support the State of Israel, it usually opposes Israel. What are the contentious issues between the EU and Israel? Consider:
EU Economic Sanctions Against Israel
The EU pursues economic sanctions on Israel because Israel does not agree to unilaterally withdraw behind the 1949 Armistice lines (which never were permanent legal borders anyway). The plan is to punish Israel economically.
For example, the EU requires any private Israeli entity that wants to receive funding from the EU to demonstrate that it has no links to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights. Any new agreements between Israel and the EU should include a provision stating that Jewish communities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are not part of Israel (since the EU deems these areas as “occupied territories”), link, link. The effect is to limit finance for new Israeli settlements in these areas.
In fact, EU sanctions against Israel make no sense. Israel’s imports from the EU exceed its exports to the region by several billion euros, link. So why try to cripple Israel?
EU Political Bias against Israel
One strong gauge of Europe’s negative political attitude towards Israel is its voting record in the United Nations (UN). Europe’s voting at the UN is influenced by the EU and shows a longstanding anti-Israeli bias. Every year the UN General Assembly passes between 18 and 22 anti-Israeli resolutions, and generally speaking the Europeans support these resolutions, link.
Another example of EU political bias is seen in the frequent condemnations of Israel from Brussels. And sometimes these statements are hypercritical. For example, the EU has called for the investigation of Israel for war crimes, whilst the European court has removed Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations, link, link.
EU wants to Divide Israel
The EU ignores the legal borders of Israel (as defined in Article 80 of the 1945 UN Charter) in order to make land available for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem:
What we want to achieve is the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State living side by side, in peace and security, with the State of Israel and other neighbours. [European Commission, 2016]
But is the EU naive? In a recent Stanley Greenberg poll of Palestinians, 62% said their real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state, link. In other words – eliminate the State of Israel! Also, the Bible has stern warnings to all who would divide the land of Israel (Joel 3.2).
EU Separates Jerusalem from Israel
The 1947 UN Resolution 181 called for Jerusalem to be an international city (‘corpus separatum’) – inferring a ‘separate city’ with special legal and political status due to its shared religious importance. The 1947 plan failed and today the international community generally prefers a two-state solution, with Jerusalem the capital of both Israel and Palestine. That said, the EU continues to support the internationalisation of Jerusalem in accordance with the 1947 UN Partition Plan and regards Jerusalem as having the status of corpus separatum, link.
But these views ignore Israel’s right as a state to declare her own capital, Knesset, 1950. Moreover, they ignore, or are not even aware, that Jerusalem is the future location of the King of Israel – Christ.
EU Leads a Future Invasion of Israel
According to a common interpretation of Bible prophecy, the EU will lead the final severe aggression against Israel. This view sees the EU as a ‘Revived Roman Empire’ and its future political and secular leader as the coordinator of an “all nation” invasion of Israel at the end of this age.
Why is the EU so opposed to Israel? Is it more than politics and economics?
Is there a spiritual reason?