EU poll: Israel greatest threat to world peace
Fifty-nine percent of Europeans say that Israel is a larger threat to world peace than North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan, according to a European Commission survey of approximately 7,500 Europeans, scheduled to be made public on Monday.
Given a list of 15 countries, including Iran and North Korea, Israel was listed as the greatest threat to world peace, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
The EU has denied allegations that it suppressed the results of the survey.
"This poll is an indication that Europeans have bought in, 'hook, line and sinker', to the vilification and demonization campaign directed against the State of Israel and her supporters by European leaders and media," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Wiesenthal Center's founder and dean.
"If the results of this survey are as reported, then Israel should draw the only conclusion possible - that the European Union and its members should play no role in any future peace process," Hier said.
Hier added that the poll only shows that "antisemitism is deeply embedded within European society, more then any other period since the end of WWII."
In a statement sent to the The Jerusalem Post Minister-without-Portfolio with responsibility for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky deplored the findings of the poll. "The fact that most Europeans view Israel as the greatest threat to world peace instead of nations that support terrorism, or dictators threatening the world with weapons of mass destruction, is further proof that behind Europe's 'political' criticism of Israel lies pure anti-Semitism," Sharansky said.
"Just as in the past when Jews were blamed for all the world's problems, today's 'enlightened' nations are doing the same to Israel," Sharansky added.
Well, our bargain with God has its negative side. When people start to hate his heavy hand, they try to get even with us :)
Update It looks like that:
Q10. For each of the following countries, tell me if in your opinion, it presents or not a threat to peace in the world?
North Korea 53%
United States 53%
Saudi Arabia 36%
The one socio-demographic characteristic that stands out is education – the more highly
educated respondents (66%) are more likely to perceive Israel as a threat to world peace
than those who ceased their studies at an earlier age (“16-20”: 59% and “15 and