It’s time for Europe to Revise its Policy in the Middle East


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Recently, the Iranian government announced its intention to increase the country’s uranium enrichment above the limits set in the 2015 nuclear deal within 10 days if European countries failed to come up with better conditions for this deal. Iran has now indeed apparently surpassed this limit. The promise to the public and to the opponents of this agreement has always been that it would deter Tehran from getting weapons-grade uranium, but, obviously, Iran still has the capacity to ratchet up its uranium enrichment quickly.

The fact is that this deal was nothing more than a failed move to appease an evil dictatorship inimical to the United States. Even after the Trump administration made the right move in pulling out of it, European leaders still clung to this disastrous deal. Iran is destabilizing the Middle East by fighting a proxy war in Yemen, continues to support terrorists and is even plotting terror attacks on European soil. The Iranian mullahs are an enemy, not a partner for Europe. European nations should not cave to Iranian blackmail attempts.

Iran is not only threatening Europe and the US, but also Israel, an ally that has been neglected by European governments for quite some time. When the US and other countries decided to recognize the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel by moving their embassies there, European leaders condemned that move instead of following the example of the US. Jerusalem has historically always been the capital of the Jewish people and it always will be. European governments need to accept this fact.

The EU and European nations also continue to fund the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA, headed by Mahmoud Abbas who is currently in year 15 of his 4-year term, indoctrinates Arab children with vile anti-Semitic agitprop. This propaganda fuels hate against the State of Israel, and against Jews in general. His influence will last for decades and continues to be a major obstacle to establishing long-lasting peace in this conflict. 

The PA also pays money to Palestinian terrorists in prison and relatives of killed terrorists, thereby encouraging terrorism against Israel and incentivizing the murder of innocent Jews. In addition, goods from Jewish settlements located in Judea and Samaria in Area C continue to face high EU tariffs, while those from the PA-controlled territories get duty-free access to the European Union. 

Israel is also specifically discriminated against at the international level. International institutions like the UN Human Rights Council routinely condemn the only functioning free democracy in the Middle East for bogus claims of human rights violations. Often, the US and Israel are the only countries to speak out against this injustice at the UN. European politicians also like to talk about how “both sides” have to de-escalate conflicts when, in reality, it’s almost exclusively Arab terrorists attacking Israeli civilians and the IDF responding with precisely targeted military strikes against those perpetrators.

In the face of Hamas terror, Europe has to side unapologetically with its ally, the State of Israel. European governments have to finally recognize that Jerusalem is, in fact, the eternal capital of the Jewish State. They also have to fight to put an end to the international discrimination of Israel. Moreover, it’s time for leaders in Paris, Berlin, and London to take a stance against Iranian aggression and do the right thing by pulling out of the failed 2015 nuclear agreement.

It’s time for Europe to finally revise its Middle East policy. 

Sebastian Thormann is studying Information Systems at the University of Passau, Germany. He is interested in US and German politics as well as economics. His other hobbies include coding, skiing, and playing the piano.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Sebastian Thormann

Sebastian Thormann is studying Information Systems at the University of Passau, Germany. He is interested in US and German politics as well as economics. His other hobbies include coding, skiing, and playing the piano.

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