woensdag 19 mei 2010

Y-Net bericht over afname steun in Nederland voor Israel


Het begint eindelijk door te dringen in Israel: Nederland is allang niet meer die warme vriend van Israel en met name de media zijn de laatste jaren ronduit vijandig geworden en dat mist zijn effect op de publieke opinie niet.

The document also stated that Operation Cast Lead and the way it was covered in the media have further polarized the public opinion toward Israel. "The apparent result of the military operation, based on the criticism being expressed in the Netherlands, is that there is a slow and steady erosion in the legitimacy of the State of Israel. This affects the Jewish community that is exposed to criticism due to its connection to Israel."

Precies. Het gaat niet om kritiek op een specifiek beleid of een specifieke regering, maar om het ter discussie stellen van Israels bestaansrecht. Door bovendien stelselmatig de helft van de zaak onder te belichten of geheel te negeren, krijgen mensen een volkomen vertekend beeld van Israel als schurkenstaat die zonder reden op onschuldige Palestijnen schiet en een lange neus maakt naar de internationale gemeenschap. Ook meldt men geregeld feitelijke onjuistheden of worden zaken verdraaid zodat Israel als meedogenlozer en agressiever naar voren komt.
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Report: Holland's sympathy for Israel in decline
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3891113,00.html
Internal Foreign Ministry document obtained by Ynet points to decrease in Dutch public's 'historic support' for Jewish state. Reasons: Operation Cast Lead, negative media coverage
 
Attila Somfalvi
Published: 05.18.10, 08:42
 
Israel has been slowly losing its allies around the world – but it seems that even those countries with a special relationship with the Jewish state are steadily growing their distance.

An internal document prepared by the Foreign Ministry and obtained by Ynet shows that the Netherlands joined the list of countries whose support for Israel has been on a constant decrease.

According to the document, "In recent years there has been a decline in the historic support for Israel among the Dutch public. The Netherlands is a country that places human rights high on its international agenda, as well as the issue of international law.

"The prolonged conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, along with negative coverage in the Dutch media have been the central factors leading to the declining support," the document notes.

The Palestinians, according to the current stance, "Are being portrayed as the weak side whose rights are violated, and as a result they enjoy sympathy and support from the Dutch public. Other factors to take under consideration are the influence of the Muslim community in the Netherlands, the decrease in feelings of guilt following the treatment of Dutch Jewry in World War II and the declining status of religion in the country (and a consequential decline in Christian support)."

Cast Lead eroded Israel's legitimacy
The document also stated that Operation Cast Lead and the way it was covered in the media have further polarized the public opinion toward Israel. "The apparent result of the military operation, based on the criticism being expressed in the Netherlands, is that there is a slow and steady erosion in the legitimacy of the State of Israel. This affects the Jewish community that is exposed to criticism due to its connection to Israel."

The Foreign Ministry in Israel accuses The Dutch Foreign Ministry for the country's lack of support for the Jewish state. According to the document, "The Dutch foreign minister has to deal with the bureaucracy of a ministry that is unsympathetic on the one hand, and opposition in the Parliament on the other."

However, members in the Foreign Ministry laud Dutch Foreign Minister Maxim Verhagen, who is considered "very friendly toward Israel," while Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende also gets good marks for "keeping a balanced policy toward Israel within the Dutch government."
 
 

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