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Netanyahu: World’s Solution for PA Ignores Security of Israel

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday morning that the international community’s ideas for peace with the Palestinian Authority ignore the security needs of Israel.

His remarks were made hours before French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is to speak with the Prime Minister after meeting Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Fabius warned last week that “by doing nothing, there will be the twin risk of stalemate and setting [the conflict] ablaze.”

Looking back at the last 25 years of the “peace process,” it seems to have set everything ablaze, but Fabius still wants to try again, using the same magic potion but with larger dose of dynamite.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, without any hint to Fabius but with an obvious allusion to his new proposal reported here, said:

The relative quiet in Judea and Samaria does not need to fool anyone. There are attempts [by terrorists all the time, and to our dismay, sometimes they succeed.The reason that most of them do not succeed is the result of very intensive actions by the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and other security agencies.

There is a constant need to prevent these attacks, but the proposal of the international community does not have any real relationship to the security needs of Israel.

They are trying to push us to borders that cannot be defended while totally ignoring what will happen on the other side of the border.

Fabius wants the international community to replace the United States the non-existent table for non-existent negotiations for a non-existent willingness by the Palestinian Authority to receive every inch of land it says it wants but with the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

France Wants the Whole World to Replace US to Force ‘Peace Process’ [video]

Friday, June 19th, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is launching a new effort to resurrect the “peace” process” that nobody seems to want, except for Western leaders who see the world from hotel rooms and airplanes.

He is traveling to the Middle East, where he plans to meet with Arab League ministers on Saturday and then with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.

What new angle could Fabius possibly have in mind to succeed after failures of U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry and special envoy George Mitchell, and who else?

The common denominator in the above names is that they all are Americans, and Fabius figures that is the problem. A senior French diplomat told Reuters:

The method to reach a definitive solution has been for both sides to meet face to face with the Americans as an honest broker, but this method has failed. It needs international support.

It is not as if the United States failed alone, the Quartet – consisting the U.S., Russia, the United Nations and the European Union – also escorted the Palestinian Authority to the grave pit that all of them dug for the peace process.

Fabius is building his illusion on the fallacy that, according to the same diplomat, “We can no longer isolate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the regional context.”

Once upon a time, the failure of an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel was the supposed root cause of unrest in the Arab world.

Then the disagreement became the reason that no one, except perhaps Israel, could stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Now the fall guy is the Islamic State (ISIS). The diplomat said the current “inertia” is “deadly” because if there is not agreement, the ISIS will adopt the Palestinian Authority cause.

Abbas already has rejected the French proposal for a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to give both sides 18 months to agree, meaning Israel must agree to Abbas’ terms. Abbas; problem is that the French resolution would recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state, and he cannot stomach that.

Fabius, like Kerry, doesn’t take “no” for an answer, at least not for 18 months.

The French Foreign Minister forgets it is “He,” and not “he,” who has the whole in His hands.

French NGOs and Palestinian Authority behind BDS Pressure on Orange

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A coalition of French NGOs, some of them partly funded by the government, last month published a 51-page document named “Orange’s Dangerous Liaisons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” to spearhead the campaign to pressure Orange to boycott Israel’s Partner Communications, which markets the Orange mobile phone service brand.

The Palestinian Authority joined the French NGOS to lobby the government and Orange to boycott Israel, the Israel-based NGO Monitor reported.

The NGOs reportedly met with Orphanage officials on May 26 and told them that its business link with Partner endangered its reputation. Orange told the BDS promoters that the agreement for Partner’s marketing the Orange brand expires in 10 years.

NGO Monitor reported:

The authors of the report asked Orange to publicly and explicitly state its decision to disengage and to denounce the human rights violations that Partner is involved in  Israeli settlements in the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories-sic]. In other words, the statements made by the France-based company are a wholesale adoption of the NGOs’ BDS agenda (which is illegal in France).

Following the publication of the report, Saeb Erekat, lead negotiator of the Palestinian Authority (PA), wrote to France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to denounce the link between Orange and Partner.

Organizations participating in the move to pressure Orange to boycott Israel include the European-based Who Profits, Al Haq, Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development-Terre Solidaire (CCFD), FIDH, and Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS).

Who Profits, which now is a separate organization, began to campaign against all of Israel’s cell phone companies in 2009 for allegedly being “commercially involved in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights” and “exploit[ing] the Palestinian frequencies and to impose their services on the Palestinian captive market.”

The Who Profits webpage also attacks Partner for sponsoring IDF units in the Golan, Judea and Samaria in the “Adopt a Soldier” project.

The 51-page document stated:

During the attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, Partner was on the front lines providing material support, cellular services and entertainment to the Israeli soldiers. The company also waived service fees for soldiers carrying [sic] the assault during July-August 2014.

The French government, which owns 25 percent of Orange, granted the Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development-Terre Solidaire received nearly $400,000 from France in 2012. The same organization is a member of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine,

FIDH last year libeled Israel with allegations that it deliberately targeted civilians in the war against Hamas rockets and missiles on Israeli civilians. The NGO is funded in part by the European Union and the governments of Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

NGO Monitor added, “Al Haq is funded directly by the governments of Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Ireland, and indirectly by UK, Sweden, Germany, and the UN.”

Its report continued:

Al Haq is a leader of lawfare and BDS against Israel. A main actor in the NGO campaign to file war crimes charges against Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC)….

Al Haq proposed sabotaging the Israeli court system by ‘flooding the [Israeli Supreme] Court with petitions in the hope of obstructing its functioning and resources.’

The Israeli Supreme Court has identified Al Haq’s general director Shawan Jabarin as ‘among the senior activists of the Popular Front terrorist organization.’

The Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) was funded by the French government in 2012, refers to the “Gaza extermination camp” and states, “It is inconceivable and unacceptable that the ‘Jewish-executioner’ would hide behind the ‘Jewish victim!’” Other AFPS rhetoric includes ethnic cleansing, apartheid state, and “Stop hunting Palestinian children!”

A French court in 2014 ruled in favor of the French distributor of Israel-based SodaStream in a lawsuit charging the pro-BDS group with stating that SodaStream products were being illegally sold in France.

France Leaves Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear technology activities.

A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful.”

Speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal than a bad deal – the same opinion expressed last month by Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu while speaking to the U.S. Congress.

And yet, talks are continuing in a marathon effort to reach a deal which by all accounts other than those of the negotiators themselves, appears to be a bad deal, at least for everyone other than Iran.

The deadline for talks had been set for March 31 – a supposed “hard” red line that U.S. President Barack Obama vowed would not be crossed.

Today that line was crossed with ease, in Obama’s desperation to reach a deal with Tehran – as was the “red line” set by Obama over the use of chemical weapons against Syrian citizens by President Bashar al-Assad.

It was not clear what prompted the French foreign minister to leave. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had told Russia’s TASS news agency that a general accord had been reached all “all key aspects.”

Both Iran and Russia had expressed optimism in the wee hours of Wednesday as talks broke for the night that an agreement was within reach.

Hamid Baidinejad, a senior Iranian negotiator, told reporters his team is willing to talk until the deadlock is resolved. “Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal,” he said. “A final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights.”

Those rights would include unfettered Iranian nuclear research, and development into even more advanced uranium enriching centrifuges than already exist, when the 10-year limit of the agreement is reached.

Iran has been demanding that all United Nations sanctions be lifted prior to any cessation of nuclear activities without automatic reinstatement upon violation of the agreement. “There will be no agreement if the sanctions issue cannot be resolved,” Iranian negotiator Majid Takhteravanchi told the Iranian FARS news agency.

The five world powers led by the United States (P5+1) meanwhile warned that nothing could be done without concessions from Iran as well. These include access to sites where nuclear research is being conducted, a severe reduction in the number of centrifuges operating to produce enriched uranium and other issues still to be worked out.

But Israel is maintaining that the deal as it currently stands is altogether a bad deal – that no centrifuges should be allowed to operate, and that Iran should not be allowed to produce any enriched uranium, the fuel that powers atomic weapons of mass destruction.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing in Washington that U.S. negotiators won’t keep talking “until June” to reach a deal. “If we’re not able to reach a political agreement, then we’re not going to wait … until June 30 to walk away,” he said. June 30 is the date a final agreement was originally to be signed, sealed and delivered – not just a basic outline.

At this point, Obama seems to have painted himself into a no-win situation: if negotiators reach a deal in Lausanne, Switzerland, America’s allies in the Middle East will be profoundly unhappy. Israel is not the only nation that does not trust Iran’s word at the negotiating table: Saudi Arabia and many other nations in the region have been urging the United States to end the talks or — more to the point — consider a “better” deal.

France Joins Netanyahu Chorus Against Bad Obama-Iran Deal

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Israel is no longer standing alone against what Prime Minister Netanyahu has called a bad US nuclear deal with Iran.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius expressed his country’s dismay with the deal President Obama is trying to push through.

France, Fabius said, wants an agreement with Iran, but a “robust” agreement that would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, saying, “we have to protect ourselves from the eventuality of an Iranian atomic bomb”. He added that a bad deal would lead to a regional arms race.

Fabius told the French delegation, part of the P5+1 in Switzerland, to make sure no further concessions were offered to the Iranians. He also told the press, that until everything agreed upon, nothing is agreed.

The position France is taking is apparently too tough for Obama, who called French President Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the disparity between the French and American positions.

Zionist Big Bang Theory at the Guardian

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Quite a few commentators have rightly taken the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to task for his recent absurd suggestion that the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict represents the root cause of instability in the Middle East.

Fabius’s remarkably myopic understanding of the region prompted Binyamin Netanyahu to point out the obvious: that if peace with the Palestinians were achieved today, the centrifuges won’t stop spinning in Iran, the savage civil war in Syria won’t abate, the instability in Egypt wouldn’t end, and attacks on the West will continue.

However, when I read Laurent’s comments, uttered in Ramallah after he met with Mahmoud Abbas, it reminded me of something the Guardian once claimed at the dawn of what they still were calling the “Arab Spring.” Sure enough:

A Guardian Feb. 2011 official editorial (“The Middle East: People, Power, Politics“) on Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown against protesters at the dawn of their civil war, and the broader political upheavals in the region, included this risible line:

“the Libyan leader may still be considered too valuable to lose, as US influence in the region decreases. Nowhere is that truer than in the cockpit of the crisis, Palestine.

The Guardian’s surreal editorial, which though dealing with Libya somehow managed to devote 200 of 675 words to the issue of “Palestine,” was indicative of the paper’s shameful misreading of the political upheavals which had occurred, or were to occur, in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere.

Such framing of events in the Middle East – which attributes most political maladies to Israel’s “injurious” effects on the region – represents more than mere hostility to Israel, but is part of a broader political framework which often shows itself impervious to facts, logic, and new information.

Whilst the Guardian’s editorial line no longer seems wedded to this absurd Zionist causality, the fact that their initial response was to draw a line from Tripoli to Jerusalem speaks volumes about the intellectually crippling effects of their far-left ideology.

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France Says Tests Prove Assad Using Nerve Gas, US Still Not Sure

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says that he is certain that the deadly nerve agent sarin has been used by the Syrian regime. The statement follows tests in France on samples smuggled out of Syria by Le Monde newspaper reporters.

“These tests show the presence of sarin in various samples in our possession,” Fabius said in a statement. The test results were given to the UN. “France is certain that sarin gas was used several times in Syria in limited areas,” he said to France 2 television, stating clearly: “There is no doubt that it’s the regime and its accomplices.”

In Fabius’s opinion, “It would be unacceptable that those guilty of these crimes remain unpunished.”

Fabius suggested the West’s response could range from doing nothing to directly bombing the plants where the chemicals are being produced.

On Tuesday, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria has also sent a report to the UN, saying they had reasonable grounds to believe both sides in the conflict in Syria have been using chemical weapons, listing where they believe these attacks have taken place on four occasions.

But State Dept. Spokesperson Jen Psaki, in her daily press briefing Tuesday, stuck to her uncertainty guns. A reporter asked: “Foreign Minister Fabius … has said that France is now certain that sarin gas has been used several times in the conflict in Syria. Could you please give us the U.S. reaction?”

As we all know, President Barack Obama called in April for a “vigorous investigation” of the chemical weapons’ charges, saying the use of these weapons would be a “game changer” if verified. And ever since that day, the Administration has been busy knocking down the results of those vigorous investigations, arguing they aren’t sufficiently vigorous.

Psaki responded: “We are still seeking further information, and we’re not going to, of course, evaluate other countries’ information in public… As the U.S. delegation to the Human Rights Council announced today in a statement, we welcome this latest report from the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry. We agree with its expressions of serious concern for the unacceptable levels of violence being perpetrated against the Syrian people.

Let us not forget that this is a sad chapter in Syria’s history, which began over 800 days ago with the Assad regime’s decision to meet peaceful protests with violence. Although the Assad regime has yet to grant the commission long overdue access to Syria, we applaud the commission’s tenacity in nonetheless continuing to document violations and abuses – excuse me – of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by all parties.”

Then Psaki did the lawyerly thing, citing the UN Commission of Inquiry statement: “There are reasonable grounds to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals were used. It has not been possible on the evidence available to determine the precise chemical agents used, their delivery systems, or the perpetrator.”

There you go. It’s impossible to determine the precise circumstances of chemical weapons’ use, because it’s too dangerous to go in there, on account of all those chemical weapons…

“So we understand that the panel admitted that its findings remain inconclusive and note that as we have long said, a more comprehensive UN investigation is necessary in this case,” Psaki read her summation to the jury.

In other words, what’s required for the Obama Administration to decide conclusively, is for both sides to take a few days off, to let the investigators run reliable tests in lab conditions. So simple.

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