The French, with tacit U.S. backing, have once again decided to insert their brand of mischief into the Arab-Israeli dispute. In a final drive to internationalize the conflict, the French are working to undercut Israel by convening an international conference to set broad parameters for a future agreement and extract yet more land concessions from Israel. To cement this nefarious scheme, the formulated plan hatched in Paris would be forwarded to the United Nations Security Council where failed states like Egypt and Venezuela will have their say on the fate of Israel’s future.
In an effort to gain traction for convening an international conference, the French – who are deeply mired with their own domestic problems – have been engaged in a flurry in shuttle diplomacy. France’s Middle East envoy, Pierre Vimont, visited Israel this week and met with two advisers to Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem in an attempt to secure Israeli approval for the French initiative. He was politely but firmly rebuffed.
Netanyahu, who was busy hosting his Fijian counterpart, wisely refused to meet with Vimont. He adamantly opposes efforts to internationalize the peace process, where Israel remains at a distinct disadvantage. Moreover, such a conference enables the Palestinian Authority’s “President for Life,” Mahmoud Abbas, to circumvent direct talks with Israel.
Vimont is also scheduled to meet with Abbas in Ramallah where he will undoubtedly receive a receptive audience. The PA has cynically adopted a one-sided approach to resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute by attempting to establish statehood and recognition through unilateral means thereby circumventing its chief negotiating partner, Israel, and essentially conceding nothing in exchange for tangible political gains. The PA has met with some success in this endeavor chiefly through the efforts of its prime European advocate and enabler, France.
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