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June 28, 2016 / 22 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘France’

Phantom Nation – The Newest Erasure of Jewish History [audio]

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Shai ben-Takoa laments France’s need to order Jews around. He also compares Holocaust denial with the abomination of the French-supported UNESCO decision that tried to Islamize historical Jewish sites in Jerusalem and offers a suggestion for what the UK should tell its Muslim population.

Phantom Nation 16May2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Jay Shapiro Show – The Unending Tragedy of Sykes-Picot [audio]

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Jay Shapiro takes you through the history of the Sykes-Picot Agreement – which reaches its 100th anniversary today – and its tragic implications for Middle East stability and peace. In May 1916, the British and French signed a secret agreement dividing up the Arab part of the Ottoman Empire. This arbitrary division created one hundred years of war and suffering. It is now defunct and the Middle East is falling into further chaos.

Jay Shapiro Show 16May2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

France Postpones May 30 Conference on ‘Peace Initiative’ Postponed

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

France has postponed the May 30 ‘peace initiative’ conference scheduled to be held in Paris, due to a “scheduling problem” with the United States. Although the conference is intended to work on the knotty issues facing final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, neither party is invited to attend the conference.

However, Secretary of State John Kerry informed France he too would be unable to attend due to “scheduling conflicts.”

President Francois Hollande made the announcement Tuesday on French radio, saying that because Kerry “cannot come on May 30… it has been delayed. It will take place in the summer.”

Hollande explained his country must take “a strong initiative” in the dispute, else “what will happen? Settlement building, attacks.”

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited Jerusalem and Ramallah this past Sunday to discuss the French initiative with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu made it clear that Israel has no interest in any multilateral “peace initiative” as they are simply ineffective. He is perfectly willing, he said, to engage in direct talks with Abbas “anywhere at any time.”

Moreover, Netanyahu bluntly said the impartiality of France was questionable at best following its support for the UNESCO resolution that removed the mention of any historic Jewish ties to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The resolution also referred to Israel as an “occupying power” and the Old City of Jerusalem as “occupied.”

The United States has continued to support Israel in its determination to return to direct negotiations with the PA, as set forth in the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

“We’re in discussions right now with the French about any possible alternative date that might better work for the secretary,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday. He added, however, that Kerry’s agenda is “jammed.”

Hana Levi Julian

French Foreign Minister: ‘We Are Not Giving Up’ on International Peace Conference

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Tel Aviv (TPS) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault vowed not to give up on the upcoming international peace conference in Paris, speaking in a press conference at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday.

“We are not giving up, nor are our international partners,” Ayrault said. “Netanyahu says he wants only direct negotiations, but this option is stuck.”

“The status quo is a temptation but a dangerous temptation. There is a need to act before it is too late to restore hope,” Ayrault added.

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Ayrault and repeated his objections to the French international peace initiative, which will take place without Israeli or Palestinian Authority participation.

“I told (Ayrault) that the only way to advance true peace between us and the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between us and them without preconditions,” Netanyahu said.

“Our historical experience has shown that only in this way did we achieve peace with Egypt and Jordan,” continued Netanyahu. “Any other attempt only makes peace more remote and gives the Palestinians an escape hatch to avoid confronting the root of the conflict, which is the non-recognition of the State of Israel.”

Ayrault took the opportunity before departing Israel to rebut Netanyahu’s remarks.

“There is a threat that stems from the lack of dialogue, the continued construction of settlements and violence against the populations of both sides,” argued Ayrault. “So there is a need for the international community to encourage a return to talks.”

Yet the French foreign minister also attempted to quell Israeli security concerns.

“Israel’s security is at the heart of the concerns of France. I said to Netanyahu that Israel has the right to live in peace and security alongside a Palestinian state,” Ayrault said. “I came with a clear message, that the friendship towards Israel is always in my heart.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu ‘Doubts French Impartiality’ in Paris Peace Initiative

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at this week’s cabinet meeting that he told French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in their meeting Sunday morning that his country’s support of a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem cast doubt on the impartiality of France in its upcoming “peace initiative.”

More than 20 foreign ministers are invited to a meeting on May 30 to set the agenda for the “initiative” to be held later this year. Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not invited to the May gathering.

“I told him that the scandalous resolution accepted at UNESCO with France’s support, that does not recognize the bond of thousands of years between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, casts a shadow over the impartiality of the entire forum France is trying to convene,” Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting after holding talks with Ayrault in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu had already sent a strongly-worded letter to French President Francois Hollande over his country’s vote supporting the UNESCO resolution to erase historic Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, Channel 2 news reported. The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the resolution in mid-April on “Occupied Palestine” presented by several Arab countries. It refers several times to Israel as the “occupying power.”

The prime minister wrote that he was “astounded” by the support of France for such an “offensive and historic distortion of truth” and “an extremely biased and offensive” resolution.

“While we have no illusions as to the the UN’s commitment to truth or decency, we were honestly astounded to see our French friends raise their hands in favor of this shameful resolution,” Netanyahu wrote.

Hollande attempted to excuse his nation’s support for the resolution in a letter to the French Jewish community, calling the vote a “misunderstanding” and pledging not to support such measures in the future. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the wording of the resolution “clumsy” and “unfortunate.” He added that his country’s vote “changed nothing” in its approach to the Israel-PA issue.

The French foreign minister arrived Sunday in Jerusalem to attempt to convince Netanyahu to participate in the Paris “peace initiative.”

But Israel’s prime minister has already dismissed the so-called “initiative” – saying bluntly that any real solution will only result from direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“I am willing to meet President Abbas today, right now,” Netanyahu said during a live chat Q&A session on Twitter this past Thursday. “He can come to my home here in Jerusalem or I can go to his home here in Ramallah.”

There have been no talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority since April 2014.

Hana Levi Julian

France Plans Peace Conference But the US, Israel, and the PA Are reluctant to Join

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The US does not plan to support a renewed French plan to push on the Israeli-Arab peace negotiations in a conference of close to 20 foreign ministers in Paris on May 30. According to Israeli pundits, Washington is not eager to let France lead the peace process, despite the fact that the Obama Administration has officially given up on reviving it by the end of its term.

Stae Dept. spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said on Wednesday that the US remains “concerned about the continued violence on the ground and we welcome all ideas on moving this forward,” but “on this specific conference, on the May 30 event, no decision’s been made on participation. … We still remain in consultation with the French and other international partners on it.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls plans to visit Israel and the PA ahead of the May 30 conference, but so far neither side has expressed enthusiasm.

David Israel

French PM Announces $45 Million Plan to Rehab Muslim Extremists

Monday, May 9th, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday unveiled a program to establish regional centers across the country where locals will be “de-radicalized.” The centers will aim to prevent those identified as vulnerable to radical thinking from falling into the hands of the Muslim extremists.

Valls said the judicial authorities will be sending about half, if not more, of the clients for the new de-radicalization centers, primarily individuals “who cannot be put in prison.”

The Prime Minister said the “phenomenon of radicalization had widely penetrated into society” and that “it has deeply damaged the Republican pact.”

According to The Local, some 1,600 young French are already enrolled in state-run de-radicalization programs, which the new budget will increase 3,600 individuals over the next two years. In early February, Le Figaro published a leaked government report showing there were 8,250 committed Muslim radicals living in France — a number which had doubled since the previous year. Around 70% of the suspected Islamist radicals are male and 80% of the cases are considered “serious.” According to Le Figaro, there has been a significant rise in the number of women and teenagers who became radicalized.

In January, France announced the establishment of “de-radicalization” prison wings, where prisoners who have been convicted of terrorism are kept in isolated cells, unable to communicate with and influence fellow inmates.

The new rehab program has encountered the familiar NIMBY problem, as the opening of the first de-radicalization center, in Beaumont-en-Véron in central France, has provoke angry opposition from local residents who feared they could become the next terror targets.

“Yesterday it was Paris, tomorrow perhaps it could be us. Obviously we are scared,” one local resident told reporters.

The government established a “green number” in 2014, which French citizens can call to alert the authorities about their neighbors who have become radicalized. The green number has been a success and the Prime Minister plans to invest in more Jihadist threat hotlines.

David Israel

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