While moral narcissism might make Europe feel good about itself, continuing to side with Abbas against Israel and the US places it solidly on the wrong side of history as usual
When US Vice President Mike Pence visited Israel last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas chose to flee to Brussels to be with the European leadership that continues to stand by its favorite Arab terrorist in the manner of the sea captain, who refuses to abandon his beloved ship, even as it is sinking fast.
In the parallel reality that the leaders of the EU inhabit, Abbas was received as a grand statesman, instead of the utterly corrupt arch-terrorist parading as president of a state that does not exist and never has.
The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, planted tender kisses of affection on the aging terrorist criminal’s cheeks, before she went straight to the podium to reassure the professional Holocaust denier of the EU’s completely committed and continued support, including financial support. Mogherini continued to brag that, “the EU and its member states are collectively by far the largest donor, the largest supporter of the Palestinians and our support will continue, including to UNRWA…” Despite this massive support, she announced that the EU is looking into ways to strengthen its support even more. Mogherini also stressed the opposition of the EU to Israeli “settlement activity”, which the EU considers “illegal under international law”.
She never mentioned the lethal terrorism that Abbas continues to instigate and richly reward with the EU funds that Mogherini is so proud of pouring into the black hole of terrorism and corruption that is the PA and UNRWA on behalf of European citizens, who continue to put up with the misappropriation of their tax money. It seems that the EU views Abbas’s jihadist terrorism as legal under international law, because it is seen as legitimate ‘resistance’ against the Jews.
For over a decade, this kind of ‘resistance’ has ricocheted right back into Europe in the form of first Al Qaeda terrorist attacks and later ISIS atrocities. Because when you choose to kiss a terrorist frog, as Mogherini seems to enjoy doing, instead of turning into a prince, it just might detonate in your face instead.
Nevertheless, political figures such as Mogherini, cushioned as they are from reality by private chauffeurs and rosters of bodyguards, appear entirely unfazed by the surge of jihadist terrorism in Europe.
In fact, less than a year before jihad struck at the very heart of the EU with the ISIS attacks on Brussels airport and the Brussels Maalbeek metro station in March 2016, Mogherini opined that, “The idea of a clash between Islam and ‘the West’… has misled our policies and our narratives. Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe…. I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture.”
Actually, as willfully blind and hopelessly politically correct, as that statement was, the way things are going in Europe, in the foreseeable future it will be far more correct to claim that Europe belongs to Islam.
Despite the very direct way in which the EU continues to support Abbas’s enduring struggle to destroy the Jewish state, the EU sanctimoniously continues to wallow in commemorations of the Jews that Europe killed in the Holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. There is a very nauseating aspect to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations in Europe, when that same continent is by far the greatest sponsor of the terrorist entity of the PA. Why bother to commemorate the dead Jews of the Shoah, when you are sponsoring Arab terrorists to perform the same job?
The answer is moral narcissism. It makes European leaders feel good about themselves, when they pretend to care about the unspeakable atrocities that were committed against European Jews over 70 years ago, even as they are kissing and sponsoring terrorists, who continue to commit atrocities against living Jews. It massages their egos in all the right places, and makes them feel that they belong to an especially moral class of people.
In a similar vein, the EU has announced that its Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will conduct a major new survey investigating discrimination and hate crime against Jews living in the European Union this year. “Antisemitism remains a grave worry across Europe despite repeated efforts to stamp out these age-old prejudices,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty recently, “This repeat survey gives Jews in Europe the chance to share their concerns and policy makers valuable feedback on how their efforts to curb antisemitism have progressed and importantly what still remains to be done.”
However, it is difficult to take such initiatives seriously, when as late as June 2016, the EU representatives of the European Parliament gave Abbas a standing ovation for the delivery of a speech, which drew on old anti-Semitic blood libels, such as falsely accusing Israeli rabbis of calling on the Israeli government to poison the water used by Palestinian Arabs.
As with the Holocaust Remembrance Day, surveys of anti-Semitism fulfil the morally narcissistic need to feel good about doing something that touches on ‘human rights’ and ‘anti-racism’, even while openly admiring real anti-Semites, such as Mahmoud Abbas.
However, while all the moral narcissism in the world might make Europe feel good about itself, Europe’s continuing choice to side with Abbas against Israel – and the US – will only prove that Europe truly excels at one thing, as it always has, namely to place itself solidly on the wrong side of history.
Judith Bergman is a columnist and political analyst
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