New poll shows many Europeans believe Israel top threat to world peace

Published November 2nd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Reports of a new poll showing that many Europeans consider Israel the top threat to world peace have angered Jewish organizations and officials worldwide. 


For one, the Los-Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center has called for excluding the European Union (EU) from Israel-Palestinian peace talks. 


The organization said it was outraged at published reports 

that 59 percent of 7,500 Europeans surveyed called 

Israel a larger threat to world peace than North Korea 

or Iran.  


Wiesenthal Center dean Rabbi Marvin Hier said the result 

"defies logic and is a racist flight of fantasy that only shows that anti-Semitism is deeply embedded within European society, more than any other period since the end of World War II."  


The survey, first reported by the Spanish newspaper El Pais, has not yet been released. 


Its main result was reported Friday by the International Herald-Tribune,, which cited a source at the European Commission. Full results are to be released by the European Commission soon.  


Hier said that if the reports are accurate, "Israel should draw the only conclusion possible - that the European Union and its members should play no role in any future peace process." (

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