The European Union has done such a good job integrating its own Arab and Muslim minorities – British mass honor attacks being covered up by the BBC, German multiculturalism bring declared a failure by Chancellor Merkel, Belgian schoolgirls being beaten to cries of “dirty Jew” by Moroccan girls, etc. – that they’re seeking to offer their expertise to Israel. How generous:
The European Union should consider Israel’s treatment of its Arab population a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel, parts of which were obtained by Haaretz. This is an unprecedented document in that it deals with internal Israeli issues. According to European diplomats and senior Foreign Ministry officials, it was written and sent to EU headquarters in Brussels behind the back of the Israeli government… [W]ork on it began more than a year ago at Britain’s initiative.
The embassies declared in the document that the breakdown in the peace process was having a negative impact on the integration of Israeli Arabs into society… The document suggests that the EU discuss Jewish-Arab relations with the Israeli government, while stressing the government’s obligation to bridge the gaps between the Jewish majority and Arab minority.
As a pretext for delegitimizing the Jewish State, it’s long been clear that anti-Israel partisans would transition to issues revolving around Israel’s “Arab minority” [PDF] as soon as they could no longer point to Israeli peace process intransigence. The old expectation was that they’d wait until after there was a successful formal peace deal, because until then they could always unblinkingly blame Israel for any lack of progress.
Apparently, Palestinian rejectionism has become so overwhelmingly undeniable during the last two years, with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu repeatedly offering to start negotiations without preconditions and PA leader Abbas repeatedly declining, that the Europeans felt they had to brainstorm new ideas ahead of schedule. The EU Parliament experimented with backing the Goldstone Report but of course that ended poorly. Ergo the rush to focus on Israel’s Arab minority, complete with the presumed entitlement of interfering in Israel’s internal affairs.
It’s comforting to note, though, that even here they’re getting out-innovated by the United States. The European document presumably only blames Israel for ethnic tensions within Israel. It took President Obama’s ambassador to Belgium to explain how you could blame Israel for ethnic tensions within Europe.