Israel gambles away its European allies

YOU REALLY HAVE TO wonder if Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thought everything through. Now that his decision to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, which his government actually announced during a peace mission by Vice President Joe Biden, has led to a serious rift with the U.S. government, Israel’s other so-called allies are also feeling emboldened to tell Jerusalem what they really feel about the Jewish state.

A case in point: On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received Lebanese minister president Saad Rafik Hariri in Berlin. At a press conference after the meeting, Merkel spoke of a “serious setback” for the Middle East peace process. “I hope that in the future the signals from Israel will be constructive and no longer so negative, that they prevent the realization of such discussions,” she said. “We believe that there is a time window that is not endlessly large.”…

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