Friday, July 23, 2004

Peace Through Courts

Haaretz carries an amazing report of EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana to Israel, where both prime minister Ariel Sharon and foreign minister Silvan Shalom warned him that because of the EU's vote at the UN last Wednesday condemming Israel's separation fence, they don't see how the EU could take an impartial stance.

"Israel has an interest in integrating the international community, especially Europe, in a [peace] process with the Palestinians," Sharon told Solana, according to a statement issued by his office. "But without a radical change in the European position, especially in relation to Israel's security and its need to defend itself, that will be difficult to do."

Shalom was even blunter, delivering his message at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv, with Solana standing alongside. "I find myself challenged to convince the Israeli people that the European Union is a [diplomatic] partner we can trust," he said.

But Solana did not seem alarmed. "We will be involved whether you want us or not," the EU foreign policy chief told Shalom.
It's no secret that without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to meddle in, there's not a whole lot of 'EU foreign policy' left for Solana.
Solana defended the EU's support for the resolution, which called on Israel to comply with the advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The ICJ said that Israel should dismantle the fence throughout the West Bank and compensate the Palestinians.

"The United Nations and international institutions such as the International Court of Justice are in our view important components in the campaign to attain peace and security around the world," Solana said. "A majority of 150 states supported the court's decision. We know what you think about the UN, but you can't stop us from honoring the decisions of the ICJ or the General Assembly. We will continue to support the UN in the future."
Note how every island state, dictatorship and other undemocratic entity with a seat at the UN's table does get counted this time by Solana. The EU will continue to support the UN in the future, taking itself two steps back from the world's stage of the coming fifty years than closer to it, in my opinion. Rather than changing course now, the EU's desparatation to cling to this idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy of World Peace through courts and the UN will drive them more and more towards alignment with this and the next generation's bad guys.