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Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. May 15, 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.

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“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.”

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20 COMMENTS

  1. The French have lost it. Their punishment for their Jew-hatred is derangement. What are the French trying to accomplish, for who, with what? It is like announcing a wedding that even the bride and broom won't attend. To imagine that the Jews were subjected for generations to these imbalanced, intellectually corrupt people, is painful.

  2. The problem with the French conference is that it is so limited. It should include all nationalities that are denied the right to their own nation. We could start with Basques who's nation would include parts of France and Spain. Then there are the Kurds and Chechnians. Don't eve get me started on Africa. Of course none of those areas are ruled by Jews so France doesn't care.

  3. The will be GIVING UP something. Either they give up on trying to facilitate Israel's destruction or they will give up their homeland to the Jihad . G-D has set up some rules about HIS land Israel…at the top of the list is : Curse it and be cursed. Jews should consider leaving France in advance of the retribution.

  4. Since they, especially the French, will decide what is best for Israel and Palestine I suggest this solution. We divide France in half. Jews live in one section and Muslims live in the other section. Why should the French people have any say in this matter?

  5. France is trying to become powerful again on the backs of Israel. They want Israel to give land to enemy aliens who would try and destroy Israel from it. France should share France with the Palestinian Arabs if they want a country for them. Their capitol can be eastern Paris. Problem solved.

  6. Apparently, France willingly forgets its past history when it disastrously attempted to play world power broker. Instead, its naivete, or was it just fear, precipitated WWII. Who can forget Munich, 1938, when France was party to giving Germany the Sudetenland without even involving Czechoslavakia? Within one year, the rest of Czechoslavakia was swallowed by Germany.

    A sad irony to Munich was how the best defenses for Czechoslavakia were in its western region, in the Sudetenland, where Germany just walked in on the invitation of France and England. One can only imagine a Munich redux where French naivete is once again evidenced by declaring Israel withdraw to its 1967 borders, give up the Golan, and lose one-half of its eternal capital, Jerusalem. How would Israel defend itself from Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south, and in the west, an ISIS-infiltrated weakened PA in Judea/Samaria. This is a recipe for national suicide that only J Street could subscibe to!

    Just as PM Trudeau threw out of Canada in 1967 when DeGaulle, as the President of France, declared in Quebec, "Vive Quebec Libre" (Long Live a Free Quebec), I suggest PM Netanyahu learn French for Fahgetabouit-Out of Here!"

  7. Since 1967 when general dégueule(meaning vomit) was so incensed with Israel's victory over his arab friends as to dclare an embargo on french weapons to Israel ty little france(that name does not deserve capital letters) never gave up to muster as many pressures on Israel as possible to destroy it and replace it with another arab state. The only way to peace is to admit Palestine ahs already been parted and the arab part is Eastern Palestine ie Jordan. Anyway bei 100% pro arab since such a long time and for such a bad reason as Israel's victory over arabs' armies france is NOT an honest broker whicvh should have been invited by both parties which is NOT the case. france is just a MEDDLER and an hostile meddler at that.

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