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Israel Government Just Does Not Seek Peace, Does It?

The state of Israel for over fifty years was willing to negotiate with Arab nations in order to end its conflict with other countries in the Middle East. There were Israel leaders who became frustrated at their inability to find Palestinians interested in achieving peace. Fast forward to 2010 and now it is Israel which refuses to engage in open discussions with Palestinian leaders. Fatah leaders are pleased with reports the European Union is prepared within two years to proclaim the existence of an independent Palestinian nation. Nabil Sha’ath of Fatah’s Central Committee praised France for adopting a new attitude which focuses on peace in the Middle East and will not allow Prime Minister Nettanyahu to continue his procrastination.

French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner noted his nation was currently training Palestinian police “OIt follows that one can envision the proclamation soon of a Palestinian state and the immediate recognition by the international community.”

Is anyone in Israel listening?

FM Kouchner Warns Of Israel Strike At Iran

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told an Israel newspaper he was convinced Israel would attack Iran if if obtained nuclear weapons. “I honestly don’t believe(a nuclear weapon) will give any immunity to Iran. First, because you(Israel) will hit them before. And this is the danger, Israel has always said it will not wait for the bomb to be ready. I think that (the Iranians) know. Everyone knows.” However, the French minister did not rule out the possibility that diplomacy could avoid such a tragic outcome. He hope sanctions might have an impact on Iran although there is no evidence such threats are succeeding in slowing down Iran’s nuclear development plans.

Kouchner stated bluntly that “Iran with an atomic bomb is unacceptable at all.” Foreign Minister Kouchner might be right about an Israel attack, but he underestimates the Iranian response. It could fire hundreds of missiles at Israel creating widespread problems. It could unleash a new wave of suicide bombers. The answer lies in diplomacy, not threats and not war.

French Foreign Minister Critical Of Israeli Settlements

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner speaking in Bethlehem at the investors conference for Palestinian aid, made clear his nation’s opposition to current Israel efforts on the West Bank. He was particularly critical of West Bank settlement expansion. “Nothing justifies the settlement expansion which constitutes an impediment to peace as well as an obstacle obstructing the development of the Palestinian economy.” He also urged the Israel government to re-evaluate its current program of road blocks and interference with the right of movement of Palestinians. He said, Israel should and can exert more effots to (ease the restrictions) without endangering security.” The three day conference is designed to revive the Palestinian econonomy which has virtually collapsed due, in many ways, to Israeli restrictions on the free movement of people and goods.

Naturally, the Israel government claimed it was doing everything within its power to assist the development of the Palestinian economy and was working to “create greater movement and access for Palestinians while maintaining security,” according to Mark
Regev who spoke for Prime Minister Olmert.

Kouchner is absolutely correct in raising the issue of West Bank settlements which have been going on for over twenty years and which increasingly make difficult any Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders. As settlements increase, the sense of Israel permanency in what was supposed to be a Palestinian area makes for difficulty in reaching an agreement unless Palestinian leaders surrender land that was rightfully part of a Palestinian nation.