New York, NY, November 29, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly criticized European nations for “acting without courage” and “capitulating to Arab intimidation and pressure” in voting in favor of or abstaining on the Palestinian upgrade to that of “non-member state” observer at the United Nations.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
It was more in sorrow than in anger that we watched the European nations revert back to the traditional anti-Israel, knee-jerk response at the United Nations. They have acted without courage and capitulated to Arab intimidation and pressure.
Recently, we thought that European nations had taken a balanced position that enabled them to be a player in helping to resolve the conflict. But in failing to reject the Palestinian initiative, they again evidenced their bias and lack of objectivity. They were intimidated at a cost, and they have lost the credibility to play a serious role in bringing the Israelis and Palestinians together.
While the Czech Republic distinguished itself with a principled vote against the Palestinian upgrade, the rest of Europe failed to oppose a Palestinian tactic that will only place more obstacles on the path to peace. European governments knew exactly what was at stake with their votes, since the resolution was going to pass in any case. After the Palestinians rejected the U.K. request for assurances that they would return to negotiations without pre-conditions and not complicate those negotiations even further by pursuing Israelis at the International Criminal Court, all of Europe should have stood with Israel and the United States and said, “No. Negotiations are the only way to statehood.”
The League praised the United States and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for her strong statement on the U.N. floor and for her efforts to encourage other countries to follow the U.S. lead in rejecting the Palestinian resolution.