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November 18, 2013 12:01 pm

France’s Hollande Calls for Ending Settlement Construction at Meeting With Abbas

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French President Francois Hollande. Photo: Wiki Commons.

At a news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Monday, French President Francois Hollande called on Israel to completely stop settlement construction or risk another round of fruitless peace talks.

“For the sake of peace and to reach a deal, France calls for the total and definitive end to settlement building because it compromises the two-state solution,” Hollande said.

Hollande arrived in Israel for meetings with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during which he said further goodwill gestures by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority were necessary.

“Israel started releasing prisoners, but gestures are needed on the settlements issue as well,” Hollande said during a meeting with President Shimon Peres.

Hollande was expected to bring up the issue of Palestinian Authority gestures with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting on Monday.

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  • BRS

    The settlements are not an obstacle to peace. They are the most effective, non-violent tool Israel can use to make peace.

    After the ’67 war, Israel built settlements and towns in the Sinai. It pressured Egypt to make peace before too many Jews moved into the Sinai and it would be too late. When Egypt finally offered peace, Israel gave up the settlements. The settlements helped to pressure Egypt to make peace.

    The Arabs do not want to live in peace with Israel. They want no Israel. The Arabs use terror to pressure Israel to give up and leave the Mid-East. Their strategy is to make life in the Mid-East seem impossible for Jews, so they will leave. Israel uses the settlements to pressure the Arabs to make peace before it is too late. The settlements say to the Arabs: “Your violence and terror are not working. We will never leave. While you dedicate your children to die, killing us, we are dedicating our children to build and live in a growing land. The longer you wait to make peace, the stronger we will become and the less chance there will be that we will need to give up land.”

    Stopping the settlements will eliminate the most effective tool available to persuade the Arabs to make peace.

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