It is probable that the current U.S. House of Representatives will be judged by history as the most supine, inept and easily manipulated legislative assembly [by a foreign power], ever to have been given control of the lives of the American people and the drafting and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.
However, although we in Europe can have no influence over so-called ‘Democracy American style’, what we can do is to ensure that the EU Parliament/ Commission does not follow suit by submitting to intimidation and effective control by Mr Netanyahu’s lobbyists for Israel.
Already, Israel is the only undeclared nuclear weapons power in the world, its arsenal of warheads being outside any inspection by the IAEA because the Israeli state refuses to be a party to the NPT Non-Proliferation Treaty and its international controls. That has allowed it to gain a degree of influence over American foreign policy that is entirely disproportionate to its size and actual importance – Israel’s total population being just 8 million i.e. less than that of London.
Furthermore, there is very little that Israel exports that cannot be obtained at the same price or less from suppliers within the EU, so for any European government to allow its national defence arrangements to be held hostage to a supplier that is a non-member of the EU and also a non-member of NATO, is to potentially endanger that state’s future national security.
And that would be a violation of allegiance to one’s country by virtue of negligence.
‘The failure to use reasonable care to avoid consequences that threaten or harm the safety of the public and that are the foreseeable outcome of acting in a particular manner’ – being a definition of criminal negligence.
The West should always be acutely aware of dubious inter-state relationships entered into for political expediency. Israel with its secret nuclear arsenal and nuclear- armed submarine fleet in the Mediterranean may be a beneficiary of US aid and a claimed ally of Europe now – but tomorrow is a different matter because there is no certainty who will be our friends, or our enemies, next year. Therefore, the national defence systems of all 28 EU member states should be entirely independent of linkage with any state in the Middle East. That is just common sense.