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France Must Stop Funding Anti-Israel Organizations if It Wants Peace

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French soldiers guarding a Jewish institution in Paris. Photo: The Blaze

French soldiers guarding a Jewish institution in Paris. Photo: The Blaze

Last week, France officially presented Israel with its plan to host an international peace summit in hopes of reviving the long abandoned peace talks with the Palestinians.

The French ambassador outlined a three-stage plan replete with an array of diplomatic jargon that is evidently supposed to contain a solution to one of the world’s most complex conflicts. The French foreign minister further warned that if talks fail, France will have no choice but to recognize a Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Netanyahu fired back and said that this initiative was “baffling,” as it “ensures that the conference will fail, because if the Palestinians know their claim will be accepted in Europe…they will not do anything.”

What’s surprising about this is why Netanyahu would be baffled at this French-sponsored “peace initiative” to begin with. The absurdity of this proposal is not in the least bit surprising when you look at all the money that France has funneled into the coffers of radical left-wing Israeli organizations.

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Over the past several years, France has given millions of euros to some of the most radical Israeli NGOs that stop at nothing to slander and delegitimize the state of Israel on the world stage. At the behest of their European benefactors, these foreign-agent organizations systematically aim to impose their extreme and unwanted policies on the Israeli government.

Zochrot, a recipient of French funding as recent as 2015, aims to “promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba,” while at the same time accusing Israel of “systematic ethnic cleansing” and “institutionalized racism.” Zochrot unabashedly calls on the world to flood Israel with millions of Palestinian refugees, which is essentially a call for the elimination of the Jewish character of the state of Israel.

The French-funded Hamoked (Center for the Defense of the Individual) accuses the IDF of committing war crimes and files judicial appeals against the destruction of the houses of terrorists, including the murderer of the Henkins, the murderer of Malachi Rosenfeld, the murderers of Danny Gonen, the murderer of Yeshayahu Krishevsky, and the murderers of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi — all of whom were killed in the recent wave of terror.

France also donates money to Breaking the Silence, whose radical anti-Israel rhetoric and involvement with nefarious human-rights violators has been widely documented. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. The unfortunate reality is that these organizations amount to a mere fraction of France’s anti-Israel bankroll.

The ridiculous threat of the French Foreign Minister to recognize Palestinian statehood if the peace talks fail is a further expression of the strategy that France has been channeling for years through these foreign-agent organizations; that is, claiming to be pro-Israel and in favor of peace negotiations, while simultaneously putting pressure on Israel to capitulate. This painfully monotonous and transparent tactic is the mantra of foreign governments that wish to legitimize their anti-Israel funding.

The notion that France professes to be in favor of promoting peace while at the same time funding such organizations, and also pre-ordaining the failure of any future negotiations, is an affront to logic and common sense.

As long as these foreign-agent organizations continue to receive funding from the French government, France cannot be taken seriously as an unbiased player — and that goes for all European governments that fund radical anti-Israel organizations.

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