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December 2, 2014 6:40 pm

Critics of French Vote on Palestinian Recognition Slam ‘Betrayal,’ Warn of Negative Repercussions for Jewish Community

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The French parliament’s decision to vote for the recognition of a Palestinian state earlier today generated a variety of reactions, with many observers deeming the decision essentially meaningless while others protested what one activist called a “betrayal.”

Serge Cwajgenbaum, the secretary general of the European Jewish Congress (EJC,) said the vote was largely “toothless,” but expressed concern that “such votes can have negative consequences for the Middle East peace process because it can radicalize people, while pushing Palestinians to abandon the negotiating table in favor of seeking recognitions.”

Cwajgenbaum told the New York Times: “I can’t exclude the possibility that there can be repercussions of the vote on the Jewish community, as criticism of Israel can be construed by some extremists as an excuse for incitement against Jews.”

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The Israeli Embassy in Paris condemned the vote. It said Israel considered it “an error that sent the wrong message to leaders and people in the region.” It noted that French policy remained unchanged, namely, that only a negotiated solution would bring an end to the conflict.

The American Jewish Committee sounded a similar note, asserting: “This action by France’s National Assembly undermines the peace process by so clearly telling the Palestinians they can skip the negotiating table with Israel, while telling Israelis that some European countries can’t be trusted as honest brokers.”

Other opponents of the vote expressed even sharper criticism.

“The French National Assembly voted today in solidarity with Hamas and Fatah so that they can continue their effort to destroy Israel,” Ron Agam, a leading French-Israeli artist and political activist, told The Algemeiner. “This is a historical continuation of a betrayal that started a long time ago – thank God this was not a unanimous vote, and that some French parliamentarians opposed this disgrace.”

“The government is importing the conflict to France,” charged Meyer Habib, a French Jewish lawmaker who represents French citizens in eight Mediterranean countries, including Israel. “We’ll have embraced terrorism and lost our soul with a decision like this.”

Daniel Shek, a former Israeli Ambassador in Paris, was more conciliatory. “I support any move which strengthens the concept of two states,” Sheck told The Algemeiner. While emphasizing his preference for a negotiated solution, Sheck said that “other initiatives” were needed to “fill the void” left by the frozen peace process. The wording of the resolution which the French parliamentarians voted in favor of was, Sheck said, “quite harmless and balanced.”

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  • SB Steeler

    You can take the Nazis out of France but you can’t take the Nazis out of the French.

  • Should Marine Le Penn win the next elections or even Sarkozy for that matter. This will be reversed. Following Sweden’s example is absolutely ridiculous. There will never be peace with Palestinians because they just enjoy making trouble it is their ‘reasondete’.

  • deborah fayga

    Who needs the french

  • Zev Davis

    Don’t the French have enough problems. A while ago there was a plebescite in New Caledonia calling for independence and it failed amid allegations the voting was rigged. Yes, there are natural resources on that Pacific Island. For that matter Corsica was promised independence in 2005, and the French reneged. There were and remain issues with the Bretons, and the Basques. There are Catalans in the south of France, and who knows if they will get “independence fever” along with their cousins in Spain.

    Then there are the Occitanians and the Savoyards.

    It’s too bad that the French forgot those internal ethnic struggles. You never can tell if the EU legislative body might reccomend that the French Republic give in to the demands of its ethnic minorities. If Palestine, then … considering that these peoples have been around for centuries, and their cultural and linguistic rights have been ignored for just as long.

    Zev Davis

  • kRIS kRISTIAN

    BY THESE VOTES FOP A PA STATE, IS TAKEN BY THE ARCH TERRORIST SUPPORTER. ARAFAT IN A SUIT, HOLOCAUST DENIER, FINANCIER OF TH 1972 MUNICH OLYMICS MASSACE BY PALESTINIAN TERRORTISTS THAT THEY ARE “UNTOUCHABLE”. THAT THEY NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT NEGOTIATIOS, AND AS ABBAS HAS REPEATED TIME AND AGAIN, HE WILL NOT RECOGNISE ISRAEL AS THE JEWISH STATE, BUT HE WANTS A PALESTINIAN TEROR ISLAMIC STATE. HE IS THE BIGGEST PERVEYOR OF APARTHEID, AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLD DOES NOT SEE THAT. ‘I will never allow any Jews into Palestine and anyone selling land to a Jew will be executed.”
    Why has Israel never annexed parts of the West bank, when they had the opportunity to do so?

    Israel must UNDER NO CONDITION allow the terrorists to have any part of Jerusalem.
    They have no biblical or historic claim to any part of East Jerusalem, They have theit capital in Ramalla.

    The only claim they have is that they desecrated the Temple Mount, built their mosques on the Holyiest site in Judaism on the Temple Mount

  • France upside down. The French Left supports a Palestinian state with Hamas in it, the right-wing National Front supports Israel
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2014/12/france-upside-down-french-left-supports.html

    The French parliament has just passed a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state with 339 in favor and 151 against. When I listened to Gilbert Collard I agreed with almost everything he said, and then, shocked, I realized he was from the National Front! OMG – Europe is really on the way to becoming Eurabia!

    Gilbert Collard – a free translation of his speech:

     It is difficult not to believe that this resolution will create greater tension in the country. You did not support any of these thoughts. You did not support any of the arguments. This resolution is inadmissible, unreal and in the only gives you the feeling that you are fighting for an ideology that is lacking. There is no comparison between South Africa and Israel. Israel is not a racist country! There is no apartheid! Put that in your head! This is a country which represents in the Middle East the values of democracy that we defend. If you today recognize the Palestinian state through your resolution you will embrace Hamas, you will embrace terrorism, you will embrace hate, you will embrace death in the cities of Israel and in Jerusalem. But be lucid! What are you about to do? We want a Palestinian state. All of us do. How could you not, but in the desirable conditions. Not in this disorder. Not in terrorism Not in violence. Not with the Charter with its article 11 and 13 in which they want to eradicate the Jewish state and negate it. How can you accept a resolution which gives strength to the killer and the terrorist? Yes to a Palestinian state, but not in these conditions Yes to peace, no to terrorism!

  • It is a pity that Israel does not take up the request of the Catalans to recognize Catalonia. Why stop there? There are the Kurds in Turkey, the Basques also in Spain, ( and France ) as well as many people in Northern Ireland who still want their own governments. I have noticed that in conversation regarding the rights of Palestinians, people become strangely chastened at any mention of their own unrecognized minorities.

  • Irwin Graulich

    The French are still Vichy Nazi lovers. What a disgusting country.

  • Dale

    “quite harmless…” We shall see just how harmless this resolution is, won’t we? What with attacks on French Jews already at an escalated level, including the recent home invasion and rape, the only thing I see happening is an exponential increase of flagrant antisemitism. Daniel Sheck is either completely ignorant of the issues facing French Jews, or deliberately downplaying a very bad situation. I hope it’s ignorance.

  • rulierose

    I have a question:

    all these countries voting for a “Palestinian state”–what part of (let’s call it) “Eretz Israel” would be part of that state? would it be Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem? because if so, they ALREADY have that state. it’s been offered to them at least twice in the 20th and twice more in the 21st century. and they keep saying no.

    and if it’s NOT Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem: are European nations suggesting that Arab Palestine comprise all of Israel? and if so, why are we even discussing that option–it’s clearly ridiculous.

    pretty soon, I’m going to have to stop reading articles about the Israeli/Palestinian issue; it’s too frustrating. we seem to be living in an upside-down world where murdering 5 people in a shul receives less outrage than a snarky tweet about Obama’s daughters looking bored at a photo op.

  • BH in Iowa

    If unilateral action is no longer a problem, then there will be nothing to hold back Israel’s new government from annexing Area C next year.

  • All the talk about the Palis wanting to make peace with Irael is illusory. The Palis want no Israel at all.So how could they possibly make a peace with it?. They want the destruction, anihilation of Israel and not a peace with it.How can anybody deny this fact which echoes in everyone of theire statements and is part of their charta?

  • Mickey Oberman

    The French have always been anti Semites from long before the Dreyfus affair.

    A cousin of my father, the only survivor of a large family, escaped death after being in several concentration camps. He found his way to the Maquis, the French underground.

    He managed to get a gun from a dead german soldier but he said he always had to sleep with it as the Maquis would have killed him to get it. He was a gentle, quiet man, not given to exaggeration or lies.

    He eventually made a life for himself in Canada but died young as a result of the hardships he had endured. He had nothing good to say about the French whom he said had more collaborators than any other country.

    Mickey Oberman

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