The Economist, as the Radicals, proposes Israel in the European Union

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06/23/2014
Laura Harth

The Economist, as the Radicals, proposes Israel in the European Union


“Rather than promising vague partnerships, the Eu would be better off making a clear and simple offer: if Israel and Palestine reach a full and final peace agreement, they should be eligible for membership of both the EU and NATO. Either or both countries may well decline, but they could not ignore it.”

Thus The Economist concludes the article under the heading 'Charlemagne' in its edition of June 14th, which blames the European Union for its inconsistency and irrelevance by giving priority to a vague and unspecified neighbourhood policy. The wish expressed by The Economist is exactly what the Radicals, headed by Marco Pannella, have been proposing for years. The entry of Israel into the European Union is a proposal first formulated in 1988, the year in which a meeting of the General Council of the Nonviolent Radical Party was held in East Jerusalem.

It is a proposal that has always amassed, and continues to do so, the support of Israeli citizens, as demonstrated by the last poll of the Ben Gurion University in the Negev in July 2011, where not less than 81% of the interviewees responded in favour of Israel’s’ entry. 

 

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