On Monday The EU Ambassador Walked Out

I have waited, a little impatiently, but still have not received an answer to my question.

On Monday, March 24, Lars Faaborg-Andersen Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel was seated at the dais at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs conference, “Europe and Israel; A New Paradigm.”

He presented his view that the boycott was a failure and there was no crisis between EU and Israel. Gee, we have “open skies” and shared values. He listened to speakers on economy and strategic threats. But as Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld showed slide after anti-Semitic European media political cartoon slide,

image Lars Faaborg-Andersen, photo JCPA conference, picture conference at Inbal Hotel

the EU Ambassador to Israel got up and left the banquet hall.

image anti-semetic cartoon, photo anti-semetism, picture of political cartoon Europe

There was only one slide left to be shown too.

Talk about Israel-EU divide.

What Israeli participant would sit through over 4 hours of lectures, and then walk out before a full dairy buffet meal at the Inbal Hotel?

Maybe those vile cartoons made Faaborg-Andersen too sick for lunch?

Deputy Chief of Mission of the Delegation of the European Union to Israel and Head of the Political Section, Mark Gallagher sat with the afternoon panelists.

Amb. Freddy Eytan, Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Robin Shepherd, and Fiamma Nirenstein, who one after another, talked of the “racist cloud over Europe,” of “Islamic racism,” “shame on Europe,” and “PA incitement.”

image Zvi Mazel, photo Mark Gallagher, picture EU and Israeli talking

Mark Gallagher asked that we keep it all in perspective as he stated that there are strong relations between Europe and Israel.

When the speakers finished, former Ambassador Zvi Mazel went over to Gallagher.

Mazel had said that Europe must act like the “adult in the room” and try to stop PA incitement.

Lars Faaborg-Andersen was there for that, but did the EU reps hear it?

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    The EU needs constant reminders that denial is a river in Egypt.

    • http://www.rjstreets.com Real Jstreets

      Oh I like that line, “denial” good one, very good one!

  • Adam Levick

    Just as an fyi, I was at the conference and spoke to Michael Mertes (who walked out along with the EU Ambassador) and, upon asking him about the incident, he denied that their exit had anything to do with Dr. Gerstenfeld’s speech. I asked him because I had assumed the same thing – that they were ‘outraged’ at the accusation of antisemitism and walked out in protest. Mertes was pretty clear in his answer.

    • http://www.rjstreets.com Real Jstreets

      Correct, and Michael Mertes came back every shortly after leaving with Faaborg-Andersen.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just kick their ‘ambassador’ out of Israel for a year or two. What are they going to do? Demand an ethnic cleansing of all Jews from Europe? Oh wait…

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