Leavitt advises on Israeli cogwar against the EU’s ill-advised move against the “occupation”

Stephen Leavitt at the Jewish Press has made some excellent suggestions on how Israel should deal with the latest EU Initiative about stigmatizing anything they deem “occupied territory.” His approach is a model of cognitive war strategy: understand when your foe, overconfident in his strength, has overstepped, and take steps that publicly reveal where the real power lies.

In this case the Europeans actually believe and acted on their auto-stupefying poco model that says beyond the Green Line is “occupied territories,” that the Palestinians are innocent indigenous victims and the Israelis colonial, imperialist racists, and that they are heroes of the (grateful) oppressed by siding with the Palestinians.

PS. the picture JPress provided of Catherine Ashton and the chicken leg is priceless.

How the EU Will Reverse Itself, in Three Easy Steps

Be firm and consistent – they will fold.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton marking the V sign for Victory with a chicken leg, standing next to former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, January 6, 2011.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton marking the V sign for Victory with a chicken leg, standing next to former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, January 6, 2011.
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi / flash90

Yesterday’s announcement by the European Union, to block funding to any organization that has direct or indirect ties over the Green Line (Jerusalem, Golan, Judea and Samaria), unless they are a leftwing organization, has shocked Israel.

The overt anti-Semitism, the transparent politicization, and the blatant chutzpa took Israel by surprise. Worse, at first it felt as if Israel were trapped in a corner with no options to respond.

But reality is different.

The EU is in bad shape. It has economic problems, social problems, and credibility problems.

With its most recent action, the EU overplayed its hand, not considering the backlash the decision could cause.

Some responses Israel may choose would hurt the EU quite a bit.


In March 2012, following a UN attack on Israel that went too far, Israel announced a boycott of the UN Human Rights Council, declaring it a “superfluous and extravagant body” that Israel would have no connection to anymore.

This caused an earthquake in the UN, and it still threatens to destroy the credibility and legitimacy of the council.

Most importantly, Israel’s declaration has forced the HRC to take clear steps to correct itself.

The first action Israel must take here as well is the most obvious one: the EU craves legitimacy on the international stage. With wildcat strikes hitting Greece, Spain, and Portugal, to name but three ailing EU members, the organization must prove it is relevant and credible.

Israel should expel the EU from the Peace Process.

Israel should declare—something Prime Minister Netanyahu was hinting at in his Tuesday night statement—that the EU and all its member states will no longer be considered honest brokers, and no Israeli official will meet with them on any issue related to the Peace Process. It only takes a simple statement, and it will be enough to cause them to capitulate.

Any member state wishing to be included in the peace process must sign a statement that the territories of east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights are in dispute and their fate will be determined through direct negotiations. It must also commit to disregarding the EU directive regarding those same territories.

Be firm and consistent – they will fold.

Israel is an important trade partner with Europe, and its third largest trade partner in the region following the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Israel buys from Europe more than it sells. A retaliatory trade war and boycott in response to their expulsion from the Peace Process would hurt the already flailing European economy, it’s the last thing they want, and not a step they would take in response.


Next Israel must immediately pass the Foreign Agents Act, with an additional stipulation.

As the EU’s declaration makes it clear that they will now only be financially supporting NGOs on the far left, Israel must make it clear that any NGOs receiving EU funding are de facto foreign agents. These NGOs fund raising will be curtailed, their access to Israeli government officials would be restricted, and their entry into the Knesset will be forbidden.

Watch the left wing NGOs quietly pressuring the EU to back off their directive.

All it takes is a firm conviction on our part.


The third step is financial.

The EU invested close to 1 billion dollars in research grants and investments, some of which could now be lost.

Israel should approach private, patriotic wealthy Jews — Sheldon Adelson, who put his money where his mouth was this past U.S. election, comes to mind — to pick up the slack. In return, those who invest in Israeli research will reap the benefits in royalties, shared patent ownership and so on. They could stand to make a lot of money.

Stand your ground, don’t blink, they’ll blink first.

All this reminds of the joke about the Israeli at British passport control. “Occupation?” “No, just visiting.”

2 Responses to Leavitt advises on Israeli cogwar against the EU’s ill-advised move against the “occupation”

  1. mika says:

    Again with the theatrics.

    It’s amazing how intelligent people are completely bamboozled by this nonsense. Netanyahu is calling for an emergency meeting?! WTF?! They knew this was coming and it took them by SURPRISE? There was nothing to be done before the fact?!

    The game is rigged folks. The Israeli gov mafia is little more than a foreign occupation of the Knesset masquerading as local government.

    No taxes on the Arab aliens in Israel = Foreign gov mafia occupation of Israel

    It’s that simple!

  2. w.w.wygart says:

    Of course the Israelis could also get into the greenline game themselves and take up the causes at the UN of all of those ethnic minorities inside the EU who have traditional claims to territory and who think that they can do better without the EU or their traditional European overlords than with: the Basques, the Walloons, the Bretons whoever, anyone with an ‘endangered’ language and a 5th century kingdom will do. A non-aligned movement ‘within’ the EU anyone?

    I’m not completely serious here, but I do think its fair to say that Europe’s fixation with the ‘Palestinian problem’ has a lot to do with its ability to distract themselves from issues at home and that ethnic sovereignty is an issue for them – that they would rather not have to deal with.

    Also, the excess energy that Europeans still have to be busybodies internationally might be redirected inwards. Soaking up some of that excess energy might force Europeans as a group to start concentrating on international relationships that make a little more practical sense to them.

    Think about it, what does Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Libya represent to Europe except large black holes to throw their time, treasure and talent down? Really. Europe can’t save them all, they may not even be able to ‘save’ their own economic basket cases [by themselves]. Israel on the other hand is a country that they can do business with on relatively equal terms – unless Europeans really are interested in regaining some of their old colonial holdings down there, or becoming shackled to a lot of bad debt and insolvable problems [insolvable by them].

    True open access order societies are rare in this world and as we have learned in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, they do not emerge in months or even years with the most concentrated effort and spending staggering sums of money. It takes generations to grow societies with enough people who put open, fair and honest social, economic and political transactions first, to make the institutions of a civil polity work.


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