Mediterranean Union With Or Without Israel?

Several months ago President Sarkozy of France proposed formation of a Mediterranean Union which he believed would economically create a powerful force that might stimulate economic development in the region. But, Israel is part of the Mediterranean and Arab nations must now consider what to do about their political enemy. Arab nations are currently meeting to discuss the question of the Union’s formation and the role, if any, of Israel. Some Arab leaders are raising questions if they can enter such an organization prior to Israel resolving its issues with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

The formation of a Mediterranean Union including Israel would tremendously benefit the entire region. Israel has the economic expertise, a modern technological base, and products that meet world standards. If Israeli leaders could look beyond today and gaze into the future they might envision a new Mediterranean Union founded in peace, reconciliation and economic prosperity in which Israel plays a leading role.