RAMALLAH, July 31 (JMCC) - The crash of an Israeli helicopter in Romania this week brought barely a mention from the international press, writes Robert Fisk. Nobody seems to be asking the right questions.
What is Nato doing when it plays war games with an army accused of war crimes?Read
Or, more to the point, what on earth is the EU doing when it cosies up to the Israelis? In a remarkable, detailed – if slightly over-infuriated – book to be published in November, the indefatigable David Cronin is going to present a microscopic analysis of our relations with Israel. I have just finished reading the manuscript. It leaves me breathless. As he says in his preface, Israel has developed such strong political and economic ties to the EU over the past decade that it has become a member state of the union in all but name. Indeed, it was Javier Solana, the grubby top dog of the EU's foreign policy (formerly Nato secretary general), who actually said last year that Israel, allow me to say, is a member of the European Union without being a member of the institution.
the editorial at The Independent