France intends to make another push at trying to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has warned that if its efforts failed, it would recognise a Palestinian State.
“France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the two-state solution,” French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.
If this last attempt at finding a solution hits a wall, “well … in this case, we need to face our responsibilities by recognising the Palestinian state,” said the minister.
As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Fabius added that France had a responsibility to try to keep up efforts to find a solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We see that unfortunately colonisation continues and that recently, the Israeli Prime Minister went so far as to reproach the UN Secretary General for encouraging terrorism on the basis that he had reminded of colonisation’s illegality and asked that it cease,” Fabius said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday described Israel’s settlements as “provocative acts” that raised questions about its commitment to a two-state solution, nearly 50 years after occupying lands the Palestinians seek for a state.
In recent months, Israel has become increasingly isolated as the United States, European Union and the United Nations have issued unusually stern criticism of Israel, provoking sharp responses from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli leader angrily said Ban’s comments were “encouraging terror”.
Protests against Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have become increasingly violent in recent months.
Since October 1, Israeli forces or settlers have killed at least 165 Palestinians, including bystanders, unarmed demonstrators and attackers. At least 25 Israelis have also been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinians.
The french initiative for two state solution must be seriously considered by Israel. Enough is enough it is about time for peace between Palestinians and Israel. The two state solution provides legitimacy to the state of Israel. The building of new settlements must end on the occupied lands and borders need to be settled.
Palestine IS recognised by most members of the United Nations,
November 29, 2012, 139 votes for, 9 votes against and 41 abstentions, way more than the two thirds majority required..
So why is`nt Palestine a Un member? Simple, the US threatened to veto the resolution, which made implementation of the resolution rather pointless.
The US has, so far, vetoed 44 UN Security Council resolutions that would have authorised UN actions against Zionist Israel, a all time record.
Put in perspective the UN Security Council approved 13 US promoted resolutions ctiticising Iraq for not disclosing WMD that Iraq did not have (Amazing really!).
Those 13 UN resolutions were enough for the US to lead the 2003 attack on Iraq.
If it were a comic book story, no one would believe it!