Why France Should Rethink Its UN Peace Initiative

(Ha'aretz) Moshe Arens - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius intends to propose a UN Security Council resolution that would present a framework for negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That framework will include the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations on the border between Israel and the future Palestinian state. In other words, Fabius, and his superior, President Francois Hollande, want Israel to abandon the territory of Judea and Samaria and turn it over to the Palestinians. The fact that control of this territory is considered of great importance to Israel's security by the democratically elected Israeli government seems to be of little concern to them. They do not busy themselves trying to find a solution to the endless slaughter going on in Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen. Their excuse is that they don't know how to handle these problems. But as regards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they claim they know exactly what the solution is, and they have no compunctions about attempting to impose their solution on Israel. They refuse to acknowledge that if Israel left Judea and Samaria, this would by no means be the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Further claims against Israel would be put forth by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and various terrorist organizations claiming to represent the Palestinians. President Mahmoud Abbas would probably be brought down once he could no longer depend on the Israel Defense Forces for support in the area. And the vacuum left by an Israeli withdrawal would most likely be filled by Hamas, or possibly even the fighters of the Islamic State. Rather than a glorious end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all hell would break loose. The writer served as Israel's Minister of Defense three times and once as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

2015-05-07 00:00:00

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