Schulz lies to the Knesset: What a Euro-gaffe

Are you European? Then the only thing you know about Israel at this point are lies, which you repeat without checking any facts, just for the sake of talking. At the Knesset yesterday, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, gave a prime example of this. He stood at the podium and stated that a young Palestinian (his words) told him that the Palestinians use 17 liters of water a day, while the average Israeli uses 70. But he didn’t check his facts before he shared them.

So why did he waste a precious chance to demonstrate Europe’s friendship with the only democratic country in the Middle East (and the only one threatened with death), an island of stability in a sea of terrorism? His information is mistaken: a Palestinian receives 110,000 liters of water per year, and an Israel around 160,000. Schulz says an Israeli receives 4.12 times more water than a Palestinian, when in fact it’s only one and a half times as much..

It’s reasonable to think that water management in such a dry climate is wholly the product of Israeli labor. And even when Israeli blood was flowing in the streets of Jerusalem, the water never stopped making its way to Palestinian faucets. Schulz also accused Israel of besieging Gaza, perhaps forgetting that Israel pulled out in 2005, and that Hamas has been bombarding Israel with missiles and promises of destruction ever since. Would Schulz prefer that terrorists besiege the bars of Tel Aviv? A few members of the Knesset walked out – it’s not pleasant to find a malevolent, dishonest guest in one’s own home.

This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale; English copyright, The Gatestone Institute

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Fiamma Nirenstein is a journalist, author, former Deputy President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and member of the Italian delegation at the Council of Europe.