Here are some of the things that were said:
“This was the subject of a panel discussion held in November within the framework of a two-day workshop, which was organized jointly by JPR and the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society/Ben Gurion University. The discussion featured Dr Dov H Maimon, Fellow, Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, Jerusalem; Professor Dominique Moïsi, Senior Adviser, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris; Dr Joel Peters, Academic Adviser, CSEPS, Ben Gurion University and Göran Rosenberg, columnist and author, Stockholm...
Göran Rosenberg recalled that historically, JEWS HAD ALWAYS THRIVED IN NATIONS AND EMPIRES WITH MULTICULTURAL, PLURALISTIC AND TOLERANT ENVIRONMENTS, while they fared badly in strong ethnic or nationalistic societies. European Jews have always been the emblematic stranger or ‘other’. Therefore, by definition, A SOCIETY WHERE THE STRANGER IS WELCOME IS GOOD FOR THE JEWS…Let me reiterate: according to the above Pharisee:
WE NEED TO WORK OUT WAYS OUR NATION STATES CAN BE RE-ORDERED TO ACCOMMODATE PLURALISM… THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN JEWRY IS DEPENDANT ON OUR ABILITY TO SHAPE A MULTICULTURAL, PLURALISTIC AND DIVERSE SOCIETY.”
'The future of European Jewry is dependant on our ability to shape a multicultural, pluralistic and diverse society. No equivocation here, is there? The future of Europe depends on THEIR ability to create the society THEY want.
“Dr Dov Maimon recalled how, THROUGHOUT HISTORY, JEWS HAD CROSSED BORDERS AND CULTURES, ACTING AS BRIDGES BETWEEN DIFFERENT NATIONS…Sarkozy is Jewish. His mother was of Greek Jewish origin, his father was a Hungarian immigrant. No wonder the Jews backed him.
While DIVERSITY IS A BLESSING, IT MAKES COMMUNICATION MORE CHALLENGING… MULTICULTURALISM SOMETIMES LEADS TO GHETTOES. It is VITALLY IMPORTANT TO FIND A PATH FOR LIVING TOGETHER, not in separate ghettoes BUT NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER. Nor is it enough to have MIXED MARRIAGES or to go to the same schools. A real dialogue is needed in order to work out HOW TO SHARE SPACE WITH PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT VALUES.
Dominique Moïsi addressed the issue of multicultural Europe from a French perspective… FRENCH JEWS CONTINUALLY VIEW EVENTS THROUGH THE PRISM OF WHAT IS GOOD FOR ISRAEL OR WHAT IS BAD FOR ISRAEL…
Whereas General De Gaulle was seen as the starting point of the traditional French Arabist policy, PRESIDENT SARKOZY HAS NOW FULLY RECONCILED FRANCE AND ISRAEL FOR THE FIRST TIME, WITH THE RESULT THAT FRENCH JEWS FEEL REPRESENTED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL BY A PRO-ISRAEL GOVERNMENT.”
“Dr Joel Peters… described the EU as a network society, transforming Europe from a set of countries with boundaries to a growing network of interconnectedness, of people and businesses, IN WHICH NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS BECOME LESS IMPORTANT… He wanted to know where the Jewish European partners are with whom Israel can work? In their absence, ISRAEL HAD ASSUMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF EUROPEAN JEWRY AND FOR DEALING WITH ANTISEMITISM WITHIN THE EU. He warned that without the presence of the European Jewish community, we could not move forward.”A Jewish-Greek Hungarian in charge of France. A Cameron whose great-great-grandad was a Jewish immigrant banker and a Clegg of quarter-Dutch, half-Russian origin in charge of us. And a pair of Polish-Jewish second-generation immigrant Milibands waiting in the wings. You can see how such folks might want our 'national institutions to become less important', can't you?
As for Israel assuming responsibility to deal with anti-Semitism, well, on 1 February 2003, Martin Van Creveld, Professor of Military History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was reported thus in the IAP News:
“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force... Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother… Our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that this will happen before Israel goes under.”Straight from the horse's a**e, ladies and gentlemen.