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France


- Juifs de France : l'enquête qui dérange (Le Point) - "Plus d'un sondé sur deux (56 %) estime qu'ils ont « beaucoup de pouvoir », ou qu'ils sont « plus riches que la moyenne des Français ». Pour 41 %, ils sont même « un peu trop présents dans les médias »".
http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/juifs-de-france-l-enquete-qui-derange-31-01-2016-2014311_23.php
"[...] Si « les Français considèrent massivement que les juifs sont bien intégrés », plus d'un sondé sur deux (56 %) estime qu'ils ont « beaucoup de pouvoir », ou qu'ils sont « plus riches que la moyenne des Français ». Pour 41 %, ils sont même « un peu trop présents dans les médias » et 60 % pensent qu'ils ont leur part de responsabilité dans la montée de l'antisémitisme. Résultat : pour plus d'un sondé sur dix (13 %), « il y a un peu trop de juifs en France ».
Un résultat qui monte à 18 % chez les musulmans, pour qui les juifs sont aussi trop présents dans les médias (67 %) et plus riches que la moyenne des Français (66 %). D'ailleurs, pour 29 % d'entre eux, ils ne se sont « pas vraiment des Français comme les autres ». Autant d'assertions qui inquiètent la communauté juive. Selon l'étude, la première de ses préoccupations est bien « l'antisémitisme, le terrorisme et l'intégrisme », « loin devant le chômage ». Ce qui n'était pas le cas avant les attentats, précise le sondage. [...]"

- Netanyahu critique l’initiative française sur l’Etat palestinien (AFP)
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-critique-linitiative-francaise-sur-letat-palestinien/
"Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu a affirmé dimanche que la proposition de la France de relancer son projet de conférence internationale sur la solution de deux Etats « va inciter les Palestiniens à refuser la moindre concession ». « Vous avez certainement entendu parler de la proposition, soulevée dans les cercles français, d’organiser une conférence internationale, en y faisant planer une menace : si cela ne réussit pas, alors la France adoptera la position palestinienne, à un plus grand degré, a déclaré Netanyahu. Cela motive les Palestiniens à venir et à ne pas faire de compromis. L’essence de la négociation est le compromis, et l’initiative française, de la façon dont elle a été annoncée, donne raison aux Palestiniens de ne pas le faire. » « Notre position est très claire, a ajouté Netanyahu. Nous voulons entrer en négociations directes sans conditions préalables et sans termes prescrits », a déclaré Netanyahu devant le conseil des ministres. [...]"
- Abbas salue la proposition française : “nous n’acceptons plus l’occupation” (Times of Israel) - "Le président de l’Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas a accueilli samedi le projet français de reconnaître l’Etat de Palestine si de nouvelles négociations de paix échouaient, et a prévenu que son peuple n’accepterait plus l’occupation israélienne ou les implantations".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/abbas-salue-la-proposition-francaise-nous-nacceptons-plus-loccupation/

- French recognition (Jerusalem Post editorial) - "The question arises: Why does France assume a lack of progress in hypothetical talks between Israel and the Palestinians would be Israel’s fault?"; "By threatening to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, the French announcement only ensures the Palestinians will dig their heels in further in their rejectionist stance".
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/French-recognition-443413
"Just one day after France’s government rolled out the red carpet for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the French turned their sights to Israel, announcing an initiative to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table and threatening to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state should the new attempt to jump-start negotiations fail.
“France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners to preserve and achieve the two-state solution,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told a conference of French diplomats in Paris. “If this attempt to achieve a negotiated solution reaches a dead end, we will take responsibility and recognize the Palestinian state.”
We congratulate the French for taking the initiative and proposing concrete steps for how to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Ultimately, the only way the sides will ever settle their differences is through the give and take of negotiations and dialogue. Neither the Jews nor the Palestinians are going anywhere. We are destined to share this small slab of real estate located in a difficult region. Only by reaching a modus vivendi through mutual recognition can we end the conflict. In that sense, the French initiative – or any other serious effort that brings the sides together without any preconditions – should be enthusiastically welcomed.
The problem is that the French unwittingly sabotaged hopes for fruitful talks by adding their caveat: Should the talks fail, they will unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state.
As officials in Jerusalem put it, “Why would the Palestinians compromise on even the smallest iota if they know from the start that if progress is not made they will get what they want?” The Palestinians are gambling that if the French recognize a Palestinian state it could set in motion an avalanche of pressure on Israel. Sweden and the Vatican might not have what it takes to create a new diplomatic reality but as soon as a heavyweight like France recognizes “Palestine” we might see new developments: Other European countries such as Germany and Britain might be inclined to follow in France’s footsteps; US President Barack Obama might be less inclined to use his veto in the UN Security Council; a critical mass might be generated that will impossible to ignore.
The French and other countries threatening unilateral recognition of “Palestine” are not only making a tactical mistake. They are ignoring reality.
Palestinians cannot even agree among themselves about the borders of a Palestinian state. They are presently split between two statelets, one in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip. The respective leaderships of these “states” are hostile to one another.
Neither the government in Ramallah nor the government in Gaza City has democratic legitimacy. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, has just entered the 11th year of a four-year term. Parliamentary elections have not been held in the West Bank or Gaza since 2006. And this deadlock has nothing to do with Israel.
The question arises: Why does France assume a lack of progress in hypothetical talks between Israel and the Palestinians would be Israel’s fault? Yes, there are partners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition who are adamantly opposed to a two-state solution, such as Bayit Yehudi. But Netanyahu has repeatedly stated his support for the idea and offered to meet with Abbas.
The world know what Israel is able to offer, based on the history of the Wye and Camp David negotiations. And it is a generous, reasonable proposal. If the Palestinians turned it down yet again, then wouldn’t France’s natural response be to condemn Palestinian intransigence? By threatening to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, the French announcement only ensures the Palestinians will dig their heels in further in their rejectionist stance.
No people has an unalienable right to statehood, particularly when this state would quickly become yet another of the many failed Arab states of the Middle East. National self-determination is a privilege that must be earned. Palestinians have a lot of work to do before they are ready.
France should know this. Then again they should also know better than to provide a state welcome full of pomp and ceremony to the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

- France’s Ultimatum to Israel – Legally Flawed and Politically Imprudent, Amb. Alan Baker (served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada) - "In threatening to unilaterally and arbitrarily recognize a Palestinian state, France is clearly prejudging the issue of the permanent status of the territory, which, as set out in the agreement itself, is a negotiating issue yet to be resolved"; "In imposing its ultimatum and threat to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state should France’s efforts to “make happen the solution of two states” fail, France is, in effect, granting the Palestinian side the prerogative not to engage in any bona fide negotiations with Israel, knowing that, in any event, France will unilaterally grant the Palestinians what they are demanding".
http://jcpa.org/frances-ultimatum-to-israel-legally-flawed-and-politically-imprudent/
"On January 28, 2016, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in a statement issued after meeting with the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, voiced a somewhat curious and ominous warning and threat, directed solely against Israel: If imminent efforts being organized by France to end the deadlock in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians end without result, France intends to “live up to our responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and recognize a Palestinian state.”
This curious, unprecedented, biased, and far from friendly ultimatum raises some pertinent legal and diplomatic questions regarding France’s capacity and standing, both in the context of the Israel-Arab peace process, as well as regarding France’s “responsibilities” as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
France, as a leading member of the EU, is party to the EU’s signature as witness to the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This agreement constitutes the internationally acknowledged backbone of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The commitments set down in this agreement, to negotiate the permanent status of the territories as well as other central issues such as Jerusalem, borders, settlements and refugees, are solemn Palestinian and Israeli obligations which France, together with its EU partners, as well as the United States, Russia, Egypt, Jordan and Norway are obligated to honor after placing their signatures on the agreement as witnesses.
By the same token, the UN General Assembly in its Resolution A/50/21 of December 4, 1995, supported by France, expressed its full support for the Oslo Accords and the peace negotiation process.
In its capacity both as a signed witness to the agreement, as well as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, it is incumbent on France, which voted in favor of the UN resolution endorsing the agreement and the negotiation process, not to attempt to undermine the same agreement and process, nor to prejudge issues that are still open and to be negotiated.
In threatening to unilaterally and arbitrarily recognize a Palestinian state, France is clearly prejudging the issue of the permanent status of the territory, which, as set out in the agreement itself, is a negotiating issue yet to be resolved. In this context, France and its European colleagues cannot and should not act to undermine the Palestinian obligation set out in the Final Clauses of the agreement, according to which no step will be taken to “change the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”
Thus, in acting to unilaterally organize an “international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the solution of two states,” France is attempting both to bypass and undermine a negotiating process called for by the UN in several resolutions since 1967, all supported and endorsed by France.
France is also undermining the various reciprocal commitments between the Palestinian leadership and Israel, including a letter from Yasser Arafat to Yitzhak Rabin dated September 9, 1993, in which Arafat declared that “all outstanding issues relating to the permanent status will be resolved through negotiations.”
As such, by engaging in a parallel, un-agreed process with the declared aim of imposing upon one side – Israel – the outcome of an international conference, France is, in fact, acting ultra vires all accepted norms and principles of conflict-resolution. Since all the agreed issues between Israel and the Palestinians, including borders between them, Jerusalem, settlements, refugees, security and cooperation, as well as the permanent status of the territory, require reciprocal negotiation, France cannot deceive itself and the international community into believing that these issues can be imposed arbitrarily by any conference or international or regional organization.
In imposing its ultimatum and threat to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state should France’s efforts to “make happen the solution of two states” fail, France is, in effect, granting the Palestinian side the prerogative not to engage in any bona fide negotiations with Israel, knowing that, in any event, France will unilaterally grant the Palestinians what they are demanding.
As such, this statement by France’s foreign minister would appear to be the very antithesis of what is to be expected of a respected and responsible permanent member of the Security Council which presumes to “live up to its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council.”
In view of these considerations, France is urged to reconsider this imprudent, irresponsible and damaging position."

- Paris reconnaîtrait un Etat palestinien. Et alors ?, Raphael Ahren (Times of Israel)
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/paris-reconnaitrait-un-etat-palestinien-et-alors/
"[...] Un Etat palestinien souverain n’est pas né en 1988, quand Yasser Arafat a proclamé son indépendance, ou en 2012, quand 139 états ont voté pour accorder à la « Palestine » le statut d’observateur non membre aux Nations unies, ou en 2015, quand le drapeau palestinien a pavoisé au siège de l’ONU à New York.
La reconnaissance française d’un Etat palestinien ne serait donc que ça : des mots sur un bout de papier, et peut-être une déclaration solennelle du président François Hollande et une autre majestueuse opération photo, mais peut-être dénuée de sens, pour le président de l’Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas.
En fait, si aucun autre pays ne se prononce avant elle, la France deviendra le 137ème état à reconnaitre la Palestine. En d’autres termes, plus de 70 % des pays du monde l’ont déjà reconnue. (Le dernier état à rejoindre le club était Sainte Lucie, une petite île des Caraïbes orientales, qui a agi en septembre dernier.)
La France ne serait même pas le premier état d’Europe occidentale à reconnaitre la Palestine. Les parlements de Grande-Bretagne, d’Espagne, de Belgique, de Grèce et d’ailleurs ont déjà appelé leurs gouvernements respectifs à reconnaitre la Palestine. La Suède a fait exactement la même chose en 2014, et le monde ne s’est pas arrêté de tourner.
En fait, peu a changé depuis, que ce soit dans le processus de paix ou dans les relations euro-palestiniennes – mis à part le fait que, un mois après la reconnaissance, le roi de Suède a félicité le peuple de « l’Etat de Palestine » pour leur « fête nationale » dans une lettre, marquant ainsi la première fois où un monarque européen a officiellement salué la déclaration d’indépendance unilatérale des Palestiniens en 1988.
A présent certains peuvent affirmer que Stockholm n’est pas Paris – la France, après tout, est une puissance nucléaire siégeant de manière permanente au conseil de sécurité de l’ONU. Mais la Russie et la Chine aussi, qui ont toutes deux depuis longtemps reconnu un état palestinien. [...]"

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Intifada ?

- Cisjordanie : trois soldats israéliens blessés par balles [dimanche], l'assaillant tué (AFP) - ""Un homme armé a ouvert le feu près de Beit El, au nord de Jérusalem", a indiqué l'armée dans un communiqué. "Les forces (de sécurité) sur place ont riposté et abattu l'assaillant. Trois Israéliens ont été blessés et évacués vers un hôpital pour des soins d'urgence"" ; "Dans la même journée, une tentative d'attaque à la voiture bélier a eu lieu en Cisjordanie contre un poste de contrôle militaire, sans faire de victimes".
https://fr.news.yahoo.com/trois-isra%C3%A9liens-bless%C3%A9s-balles-pr%C3%A8s-dune-colonie-cisjordanie-095644162.html

- Un Palestinien tué [lundi] après avoir tenté de poignarder des soldats israéliens (AFP) - ""Des soldats ont été alertés par un suspect tentant de s'infiltrer dans la localité de Salit, à l'est de Kfar Saba. Quand les forces de sécurité se sont approchées du suspect, il a tenté de poignarder des soldats et face à la menace immédiate, les soldats l'ont abattu", affirme un communiqué de l'armée israélienne. L'assaillant, Ahmed Toba, était âgé de 17 ans et originaire d'un village du nord de la Cisjordanie".
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2016/02/01/97001-20160201FILWWW00040-un-palestinien-tue-apres-avoir-tente-de-poignarder-des-soldats-israeliens.php

- “Tuez 500 Israéliens”, demande l’assistance aux funérailles du tireur de l’AP (Times of Israel) - « L’armée de Mahomet sera de retour ».
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/tuez-500-israeliens-demande-lassistance-aux-funerailles-du-tireur-de-lap/
"La foule de Palestiniens marchant a crié « Mort à Israël » et a demandé que des centaines d’Israéliens soient abattues, aux funérailles lundi de l’officier de sécurité de l’Autorité palestinienne qui est mort en menant une attaque à main armée contre des troupes israéliennes.
Amjad Sakari a été abattu dimanche pendant qu’il tirait sur des soldats israéliens à un checkpoint en Cisjordanie, en blessant deux d’entre eux sérieusement.
« Il est temps d’utiliser des armes automatiques, de tuer 500 personnes » criait dans un mégaphone l’homme menant les funérailles de Saraki, ses mots rauques étaient répétés par l’assistance, filmée par la Deuxième chaîne israélienne. « L’armée de Mahomet sera de retour », a-t-il juré. L’assistance s’était rassemblée dans la ville de Naplouse, au nord de la Cisjordanie et a célébré Sakari comme un « martyr », beaucoup de personnes chantant des slogans appelant à intensifier les attaques terroristes contre les juifs et les Israéliens.
Selon des informations des médias palestiniens, nombre de hauts fonctionnaires du Fatah faisait partie des milliers de personnes assistant aux funérailles. Parmi eux, l’on comptait le gouverneur de Naplouse, Akram Rajoub. « Cela ne signifie pas que je suis d’accord avec ce qu’il a fait, a déclaré Rajoub. Je suis contre les policiers qui mènent des attaques, mais nous sommes un peuple qui respecte ses martyrs et ses morts. » [...]"
- PLO, Fatah factions praise PA sergeant shooting attack (Elder of Ziyon) - "The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (Fatah) also praised the attack, and used the same words that Hamas and Islamic Jihad used to describe it - as a "natural reaction" to occupation".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2016/02/plo-fatah-factions-praise-pa-sergeant.html

- Les adolescents palestiniens se « suicident-ils par soldat » ? (Times of Israel) - "le fait que l’islam interdise le suicide est un élément clef, a déclaré Ariel Merari, professeur émérite de psychologie à l’Université de Tel Aviv. « Si quelqu’un se suicide, sa famille est traitée comme des parias. S’il veut vraiment mourir, dans le climat politique actuel, c’est très pratique de le faire de cette manière, de se suicider par la police. Parce que toute la société dira, ‘c’est super, il est un martyr, c’est un héros’. Ils ne diront pas qu’il a commis un acte interdit par la religion. » Merari a déclaré que dans ses études des terroristes ayant échoué à mener un attentat suicide pendant la Seconde Intifada et avant, il a trouvé que la plupart avaient tendance à être marginal, sans amis, des jeunes facilement manipulables qui se voyaient comme des échecs" ; "Il a également ajouté qu’aucune des personnes interrogées n’a exprimé de regret pour ses actions".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/les-adolescents-palestiniens-se-suicident-ils-par-soldat/

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Gaza & Hamas

- Herzog appelle Tsahal à bombarder les tunnels de Gaza (Times of Israel) - le chef de l'opposition : « Le Hamas fanfaronne, et nous ne faisons rien. Le leadership politique doit donner une réponse publique claire aux citoyens. [Il doit] cesser d’être hésitant …. Ils doit demander à l’armée israélienne de bombarder les tunnels et d’éliminer cette menace. Surtout s’il y a des tunnels qui ont déjà traversé la frontière vers Israël ».
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/herzog-appelle-tsahal-a-bombarder-les-tunnels-de-gaza/
- Netanyahu menace de faire oublier la guerre de 2014 en détruisant les tunnels de Gaza (Times of Israel) - « Nous travaillons méthodiquement et calmement contre toutes les menaces, en particulier celles du Hamas, tant par des mesures défensives qu’offensives. Et bien sûr, dans le cas où nous étions attaqués depuis des tunnels de la bande de Gaza, nous agirons avec force contre le Hamas, et avec beaucoup plus de force que lors de l’opération Bordure protectrice. »
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-menace-de-faire-oublier-la-guerre-de-2014-en-detruisant-les-tunnels-de-gaza/

- Au moins deux morts dans l’effondrement d’un autre tunnel du Hamas (Times of Israel) - "Les brigades Ezzedine al-Qassam ont précisé qu’un « commandant local » de la branche armée a été tué par l’effondrement d’un tunnel dans le camp de réfugiés de Nuseirat situé au centre de la bande de Gaza".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/au-moins-deux-morts-dans-leffondrement-dun-autre-tunnel-du-hamas/

- Israel and Hamas both in a race against time, Alex Fishman (Ynet) - "An injection of US cash into Israel's anti-tunnel technology will speed up its development. But the increased activity on the Israeli side is liable to provoke Hamas into jumping the gun and launching an early surprise attack".
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4761192,00.html

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Israël

- Breaking the Silence Is No Human Rights Organization - and I Should Know, Natan Sharansky (Soviet-born Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who spent nine years in Soviet prisons, has served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency since June 2009) - "While Breaking the Silence is not an illegitimate organization, it uses unproven allegations peddled as truths to credulous foreigners in order to override the decisions of a democratic government".
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.700570
"Members and supporters of Breaking the Silence—the group of former Israeli soldiers who accuse the IDF of committing immoral and illegal acts in the West Bank—have on several occasions likened their campaign to that of the dissidents who fought for human rights in the Soviet Union. In 2010, for example, Breaking the Silence was on a short-list of three finalists for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, which recognizes leading human-rights activists around the world, and defenders of the controversial nomination hailed the group as an heir to Andrei Sakharov’s legacy.
In this view, the struggle to end Israel’s military presence in the territories by bringing international pressure to bear on the Jewish state is analogous to the struggle to bring down the Iron Curtain by calling the world’s attention to Soviet repression.
Unfortunately, the comparison is deeply flawed. For one thing, it completely ignores the distinction—so clear and so important to Soviet dissidents—between dictatorship and democracy, and with it the fundamental differences between the Soviet Union and Israel. Soviet dissidents set out to democratize a dictatorial regime, to create the kind of representative institution with which Israel is already blessed. Because such institutions were entirely absent in the USSR, we had no choice but to rely on external forces to induce the regime to respond to our claims.
Breaking the Silence, by contrast, sets out to bypass an existing democratic government and resolve a controversial political issue by means of international pressure. It is of course legitimate to believe that Israel’s military presence in the West Bank should be ended immediately. But it is equally legitimate to believe that such a withdrawal would be dangerous and even catastrophic for the state. This is a political question that should be decided by Israel’s citizens through their elected representatives, not by a small group of self-appointed prophets and their chorus of foreign supporters. [...]"

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Iran

- Khamenei praises athletes who refuse to compete against Israelis (Elder of Ziyon) - "According to the "Supreme Leader," an athlete refusing to compete against Israelis is a greater honor than representing Iran as a champion in international sports. That's some serious hate there".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2016/02/khamenei-praises-athletes-who-refuse-to.html

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Europe

- L’institution médicale mondiale n’expulsera pas Israël (JTA) - "71 médecins britanniques appelaient à évincer l’Etat juif de l’Association médicale mondiale pour des tortures supposées sur des Palestiniens".
http://fr.timesofisrael.com/linstitution-medicale-mondiale-nexpulsera-pas-israel/

- Boycott académique d’Israël : L’ Italie s’y met et les Israéliens s’inquiètent (Europalestine) - "« Plus de 160 universitaires italiens répartis sur une cinquantaine d’universités dans la péninsule ont rejoint le mouvement BDS, s’est réjoui le Hamas », indique Ma’an News".
http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article11505

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ONU

- Ban Ki Moon doubles down on justifying (while "condemning") terror (Elder of Ziyon) - "There are two underlying bigotries that even the Secretary General of the United Nations has deep down, despite a lifetime of studiously avoiding the public appearance of bias".
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.fr/2016/02/ban-ki-moon-doubles-down-on-justifying.html
"UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, striking back at critics who said he was justifying terror - by justifying terror:
"In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse. That polarization showed itself in the halls of the United Nations last week when I pointed out a simple truth: History proves that people will always resist occupation.
Some sought to shoot the messenger — twisting my words into a misguided justification for violence. The stabbings, vehicle rammings and other attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians are reprehensible. So, too, are the incitement of violence and the glorification of killers.
Nothing excuses terrorism. I condemn it categorically. It is inconceivable, though, that security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny that the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution."
T
ime to play the substitution game and see if it also sounds like something Ban Ki Moon would say:
- History proves that people will always resist being terrorized. No one can deny that the everyday reality of being targeted by knives, car rammings and shootings, not to mention bus bombings and other attacks on Israelis, provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution.
- History proves that people will always resist being unfairly blamed for double standards. No one can deny that the everyday reality of being vilified by the UN and Europe for things that are often not true, and always far out of proportion compared to every other nation, provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution.
- History proves that Jews will always resist antisemitism. No one can deny that the everyday reality of being the victim of pogroms, gas chambers and blood libels provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of peace.
It doesn't quite flow, does it?
There are two underlying bigotries that even the Secretary General of the United Nations has deep down, despite a lifetime of studiously avoiding the public appearance of bias. One is that only Muslims are "understood" when they are violent - it is considered part of their culture. The other is that only violence against the Jewish state is justified, even if it is to be condemned - you will not hear Ban Ki Moon make the same kinds of statements about any Arab on Arab violence blaming the victims for forcing them to act this way.
In fact, this op-ed itself is in a way incitement to violence. Let me explain:
"Israeli settlements keep expanding. The government has approved plans for over 150 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Last month, 370 acres in the West Bank were declared “state land,” a status that typically leads to exclusive Israeli settler use.
At the same time, thousands of Palestinian homes in the West Bank risk demolition because of obstacles that may be legal on paper but are discriminatory in practice. Palestinians — especially young people — are losing hope over what seems a harsh, humiliating and endless occupation."
As we've recently learned, there had been a de facto building freeze in the settlements for nearly two years that the UN never acknowledged. But let's set that aside for now. Let's assume that Ban Ki Moon's description of the hopeless life of Palestinians is 100% accurate. He is saying that violence is understandable when you are the victim of:
1- Houses being built a few miles from your home.
2- Land being taken a few miles from your home.
3- Your illegally built home being at risk of being demolished.
Now compare these awful conditions with the everyday life of practically everyone in Africa, much of the Far East and essentially every citizen of an Arab state. Compare it to nations where you can be arrested and tortured for a Facebook post. Would Ban Ki Moon ever, in his wildest dreams, say that violence from people whose lives are immeasurably worse than that of Palestinians is understandable?
When the UN and EU say that Jews building homes in their ancestral lands is a reason for people to naturally turn to violence, it is causing those people to consider terrorism to be their right. By not expressing outright and unconditional outrage over Palestinian terrorism and incitement, the message that Ban Ki Moon is expressing is that, among all the conflicts in the world, this is the only one where violence can be blamed on the victims. In light of that, Ban's "condemnation" rings hollow."

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