At a February meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault greets head of PA, Mahmoud Abbas in Paris [Photo Credit: France Diplomatie]
There has been a lot of anticipation from residents of Judea and Samaria in what they were hoping would be new housing developments in Judea and Samaria. Building permits for communities in Judea and Samaria are incredibly difficult to come by due to international pressure for Israel to cease all construction in Judea and Samaria. The international community has decided on Israel’s behalf that building homes and living in the communities of Judea and Samaria – communities that Jews have lived in for thousands of years – is a major obstacle to peace. (Of course rockets fired on Israel, terrorist attacks against her civilians and a series of wars with her neighbors were the byproduct of Jews living in Judea and Samaria…)
In recent months, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made pledges to both build the communities of Judea and Samaria and to protect the existing communities. At a recent celebration in Gush Etzion, in commemoration of 50 years since the return of Jewish life to Judea and Samaria, Netanyahu said, “I tell you clearly and before anything: There will be no more uprooting of communities in the Land of Israel! It is not just a question of links to the homeland, though it is certainly that, but first of all, that is not the way to make peace.”
After a recent decision by the Supreme Planning Council for Judea and Samaria to allow for the construction of new homes in Judea and Samaria, France took the opportunity to condemn Israel’s decision.
The following statement was published on the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website:
France condemns the Israeli authorities’ recent decisions aimed at allowing the construction of several thousand homes (3,000 as of October 18) in settlements in the West Bank, including for the first time since 2002 in the heart of Hebron.
The uninterrupted continuation of the settlement policy, confirmed by these new projects, only serves to fuel tensions on the ground and undermines the prospects for achieving a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution. In this respect, the work in progress in Givat Hamatos and the announcements of new projects in the E1 area are especially troubling.
Settlement activity, as reaffirmed by UNSCR 2334, is illegal under international law. The ongoing settlement activity has reached an unprecedented level since the beginning of the year: The progress of settlement projects tripled between 2016 and 2017. This sends a very negative message which can only undermine the necessary trust between the parties, as reaffirmed by President Macron in July.
France calls on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to comply with their international obligations.
In July of 2016 France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, met with officials of the sworn enemy of Israel, Hezbollah. Hezbollah is an internationally recognized terrorist organization who is dedicated to Israel’s destruction.
I hope that France reconsiders their anti-Israel stance and instead places their efforts on bolstering the Jewish state and the citizens of Israel; a society which is committed to making the world a better place to live.
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