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May 17, 2016 6:56 am

The French Initiative Is Pushing an Agenda Down Israel’s Throat

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French President Francois Hollande. Photo: Wikipedia.

French President Francois Hollande. Photo: Wikipedia.

Imagine this news story:

Last week, Israel convened representatives of 20 countries from across the world for an international conference to discuss what to do about the escalating security situation in France.

“Israel has no vested interest but is deeply convinced that if we don’t want to let the ideas of the Islamic State group prosper in this region, we must do something,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said when asked why he was pushing for the conference despite France’s vehement protests. Netanyahu put special emphasis on the fact that “the international community feels there is an urgent need to find a solution to the spread of Islamic State in Europe, especially in France, which has the largest Jewish population on the continent.”

“We are not giving up, and neither are our partners,” said the Israeli prime minister.

Discussions at the meeting will be based on a new groundbreaking peace proposal under which France will give up large swathes of the south of France as well as the entire Ile-de-France in return for a permanent peace agreement with Islamic State in order to create “a just solution” to the conflict. An Islamic State spokesman told reporters that unlike the French, they welcome the Israeli initiative.

“We wish Israel and its efforts success because the Israeli efforts are the only ones on the ground now, and could eventually result in giving the political process a good push forward at this stage,” the Islamic State spokesman said.

“The aim of the conference is to prepare an international summit in the second half of 2016, which would include French leaders and leaders of Islamic State. The second conference would take place ‘sometime in the fall,'” said a spokesman for Netanyahu.

Of course, the above scenario is fake. I have produced it here merely to make a point. Israel is not convening any conferences on the future of France, nor is it meddling in its affairs. There is a principle of international law called sovereignty, but in France and the rest of the European Union, that principle has been gradually usurped by a new principle, that of supra-nationalism.

Unfortunately, and despite the fact that Israel is not a member of the European Union, France and company appear to be unrelenting believers in the extension of this principle all the way across the Mediterranean to the Middle East.

What is not fake, however, is that this exact scenario is indeed taking place, but instead of Israel hosting a conference about France’s out-of-control problems with Islamist terrorism, which are indeed affecting French Jews in the most appalling ways, France is hosting a conference about the future of Israel’s territorial borders.

Thus, despite Israel’s protests, France has convened an international conference for May 30, consisting of ministers from 20 different countries who will presume to lord it over Israel’s future. Clearly, France and company did not get the memo about decolonization, or rather France and company seem just fine with exhibiting colonial behavior toward only one nation in the entire world, namely obstinate Israel, which still refuses to dance to the tune of the Europeans.

While the aim of the French initiative is to “encourage” bilateral negotiations, let no one be fooled: This is really about pushing an agenda down Israel’s throat, namely that of the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, which asks nothing less than Israel’s withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines and a “just” solution to the refugee issue without specifying what that means.

In other words, the initiative makes very serious demands on Israel concerning its existential issues, while being extremely shady on what Israel is supposed to receive in return. Also why drag this long-dead rabbit out of the old hat now, when the Palestinians have shown no sign whatsoever of letting up in the terror war against Israeli civilians and soldiers through ramming, stabbing and shooting attacks? All this conference does is reward terrorism.

What is, of course, conspicuous, is the timing. It is scheduled at a time when Europe is coming apart at the seams with the terror threat from Islamic State and the infighting in the European Union between the European Commission and the central and Eastern European members of the EU, whom the EU’s executive branch is threatening with huge fines for each migrant that these countries refuse to receive.

One cannot help but think that Israel, once more, is proving to be a very useful diversion (and scapegoat) for all the unrelated problems of the Western world.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • Rita Zelig

    It becomes increasingly interesting to note, that back in March 2016, the French Proposal was supported and affirmed by Palestinian President, Mahammoud Abbas. Yet Hamas spokesperson, Abu Zuhri has declared this Peace Conference to be, “a waste of time”. This self righteous indignation led to further comment noting that, any deal, “would harm the Palestinians and their national interests”. Does it come as a shock to anyone that Hamas would want to promote continued discord among France and other nations to further its own agendas?

    US Secretary of State John Kerry is unable to make the Conference on May 30th, it has been postponed until a later date to be determined. While the beginning of June is speculated for these negotiations to ensue, there is not yet guarantee of this occurring. Meanwhile, the White House seems much more intimately consumed with the idea that, any talks they engage in now would taint President Obama’s “legacy” and taint the Democratic National ticket in their bid for the Presidency. Speculation seems to be it would America fuel to Republicans who would then might, “hammer the Democratic nominee”. Can you say, “selfish and thoughtless”? How is it possible for a “legacy” to be more important than that of brokering peaceful relations among warring nations? Since when is a candidate worth more than the value of human lives and legitimate reasons for Israel’s chagrin at being thrown to the wolves? There also appears to be reluctance from the US government to support this initiative. Apparently if the US isn’t in charge, they are loathe to applaud any other country, (such as France) usurping that authority from them. Prime Minister Netanyahu has concerns over other problems regarding France’s impartiality after Jordanian comments had been arguably perverted towards Jerusalem, which is the very heart and soul of Israel. Apparently, France backed the “unfortunate comments” and UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem which negated any recognition of the Temple Mount and thousands of years of Jewish heritage in that region.

    Let it also be noted, neither Israel or Palestine was invited to this little shindig, even though it affects them directly. For whatever reason of insanity, these two nations are only to be invited to talks during the latter part of this year. So now we have a well rounded view of supreme idiocy, moronic points of view and an insatiable thirst to wipe Israel and the Jews off of the map with impunity. At what point do we as Jews say, “Enough!” and let all of the Muslim/Islamist/Arab nations have at these AntiSemitic countries while we mass produce ginger and better Iron Domes? Because we all know where this will end. With the bloodiest Third World War annihilation of every peace-loving country on this earth. Hopefully, Moshiach will come before any of this happens. I wonder if he will have any better luck talking sense into anyone’s thick skulls?I

  • Diana

    France is a country that has many problems, none of which has to do with Israel. Muslims in France know that demographics are on their side, and in a few years, they will rule France. France, and Europe, will pay dearly. The French government needs to worry about that, not their dumb-assed “piece” initiative.

  • Tinkerbell

    Judith Bergman may have meant to be facetious when she presented a scenario in which Israel convenes a conference to decide the fate of France, but she might just have hit on the right response: Israel should announce a conference to resolve the problem of Muslim refugees who seek to go to Europe. The announcement should include proposed French concessions to the Muslim world — perhaps returning Sardinia and Corsica as well as the Riviera — in exchange for the Muslim world agreeing to build more mosques in France. If the government doesn’t make the proposal, perhaps Eretz Nehederet should.

  • NadavKatz

    Clearly, it is certainly not France’s business to stick its nose into the affairs of another liberal-democratic and mostly sovereign state, the nation-state of the Jewish people in this case, the State of Israel.

    But, If France were serious about advancing an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arabs, local and regional alike, and the liberal-democratic and sovereign nation-state of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, it would demand that the parties adhere to the fundamental elements of international law related to the Arab Israeli conflict and the way to resolve it.

    We are talking of course about:

    1. San Remo conference decisions, 1920
    2. League of Nations decisions, 1922

    We ought to note: the decisions of the League of Nations of 1922 were then adopted by the UN and etched into its Charter in the form of article 80, 1945.

    So, why not abide by the law, international law, and demand that the parties doe the same….??

    P.S. It is important to note that legally, the thin sliver of land located between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea, between the Hermon Mountain and the Red Sea is defined “the national home of the Jewish people” and of no other people what-so-ever. Also, this parcel of land, the size of Wales in the UK, Slovenia in Europe or New Jersey in North America, constitutes only 23% of Palestine/Land of Israel. The rest, 77% of the whole, located between the Jordan River and the Arabian desert, was handed over to the Muslim-Arab of the Land of Israel/Palestine in 1921 and in which Jews, legally, are not permitted to work, reside or own real estate, only because they are Jewish.

  • Paul

    This article is a wonderful example of doubletalk, doublethink, emotionally biased presentation of psuedo-logical statements.
    Israel has consistently stated that we welcome peace talks. Bibi stated he supports the 2-state solution, and has publicly asked Abbas to come NOW and sit down to talk about making peace, in negotiations without preconditions.
    Israel has stated that the Palestinians are trying to unilaterally get their state without negotiations, by appealing to third parties and international institutions.

    For these reasons, it would make sense that Israel would WELCOME the effort of France to COERCE the relutant Palestinians to sit down and negotiate.

    Surprisingly (?) – the French are accused by Israel and the right wing, of trying to force THEIR agenda down Israel’s throat. And when the French do not state what specifically they suggest, because that they expect the Israelis and Paklestinians to decide, the detractors then accuse France of leaving things unclear.
    In short – the French are no good because they are trying to get the Palestinians to do what Israel states it wants them to do. And the French are guilty of both ramming THEIR agenda down Israel’s throat, and at the same time are at fault because they have no agenda (beyond getting the sides to talk, as Israel desires and the Palestinians don’t).

    How double can you get !?!?!?!?

    What is the agenda being pushed down Israel’s throat Getting the sides to talk ? THAT IS ISRAEL’S PUBLICLY STATED AGENDA !!!!!

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  • montlasky

    Hollande, President of France, is the leading French anti Semite in Europe. Being president of a country that is home to more than 5,000,000 Muslims gives him the necessary political agenda for his politcal survival which is not too difficult for him, having the same sentiment as the 5,000,000 Muslims and another 20 million plus Frenchman!
    He doesn’t even bother to hide this sentiment or be genteel about it.
    Remember the Paris attacks, when the world leaders marched ,linking arms, against the Paris attacks? The only missing leader of his country not invited, was Netanyahu who arrived despite no invitation and was snarled at by Hollande when he joined the march?
    Israel must resist at all costs this anti Semite’s attempt to force a conference with the Palistinians to re-enter fruitless negotiations with a people whose sole reason for being is to destroy Israel! The Palestinians are of course delighted to attend, not for a settlement purpose, but for the positive propaganda for them that will result in this subject being discussed in this Western European forum.
    Israel must not attend this ugly further attempt to embarrass it as i am sure they will not.
    Viva Israel!

  • nat cheiman

    The French are NOT allies. They are idiots who have never won a war

    • Markus Elkana Brajtman

      The French have never won a war.
      Their national flag is white

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Very good article – thank you Ms.Bergman!France has not got the slightest interest in Israel’s security or survival but is cynically indulging the Muslim world to save it’s own skin from the hordes of Muslim “refugees” and migrants flooding into Europe. And this anti-Israel circus is going to happen at the same time as France is going to release the Paris synagogue bomber!How low can this country go?What France is really trying to achieve is becoming a “Great Power” again by meddling in international affairs..Unfortunately France has not won a military victory since Napoleon – and with Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo so went France’s “Great Power” status.At least Napoleon was quite nice to the Jews,even sardonically convening a “Sanhedrin” to discuss Jewish affairs.Anti-semitism has always been just below the surface in French politics and now with the country’s huge population of Muslims – of which a large percentage is radicalised – Hollande (no friend of Israel or Jews) feels comfortable in indulging the anti-Israel Muslim masses.And Israel is of course the obvious target.But he has badly misjudged the situation – radical Islam is on the march in Europe and it is France (which looks upon itself as a bastion of Western Civilization) which is going to become it’s target.

  • Lia

    Poor France. her leaders are so incompetent that they cannot keep their own people safe. Perhaps that’s why they are working with arab terrorists: do they hope that, like Hamas and the PA they can keep the people too busy to think of what’s happening at home?

  • nelson marans

    France with its long history of colonialism and ite ever increasing Muslim population is in no position to dictate to Israel. France should allow the antagonists to work out their own problems by direct negotiations.

  • enufizenuf

    Let us all hope and pray that another muslim terrorist attack against Frogland does not occur while the degenerate scumbags of the EU are having their little meeting.

  • The author is to be commended for using the historically correct term “1949 ceasefire lines” and not the incorrect, but too often used, “Israel’s 1967 borders.”

    Two points the article might have brought up: The “refugee issue” should be clearly understood as embracing the greater number of mostly Israel-absorbed Jewish refugees from vast Arab and other Muslim lands in the wake of the ’48 war than Arabs left tiny Israel.”

    And Western backing of the “2002 Saudi peace initiative” goes back on 242, which didn’t demand Israeli retreat to the perilous [Eban said “Auschwitz”] 1949 ceasefire lines (superseded by the 1967 ceasefire lines).

  • ===================================
    How French Police Handle Anti-Jewish Attacks

    Judge after judge told him [Sammy Ghozlan,
    a 72-year-old retired Paris police commissioner]:

    “There is no anti-Semitism charge applicable unless someone dies.”

    New Dangers for the Jews of Paris
    by Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair magazine,
    August 2015, page 114

  • Esther Noodelman

    Excellent article that is a must read for every Jew and every fairminded person who can deal with the horrible reality facing the Jewish people AND the rest of the world.

    • Anschel

      I agree absolutely. A much fairer solution would be for the Europeans to insist on relocating the self-styled “Palestinians” to the Arab portion of the old British Mandate, namely Jordan, which is a “Palestinian”-majority nation with a “Palestinian” Queen! But when have the Europeans ever been fair to the Jewish People? (Never!) Israel must insist on its rights and its security.