With E.U. and U.S. United, Israel is Bound to Budge: Les Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alscace of France
Now that the United States and Europe are on the same ‘wavelength’ in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio, is it a foregone conclusion that Israel will comply and stop building or expanding settlements on what is slated to become part of Palestine?
For France’s Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, Jean-Claude Kiefer writes in part:
“Heard with a European ear, Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo contains, strictly speaking, nothing revolutionary. The Europeans have been expressing the same things for ages … What is new and reassuring is for once, to see Americans and Europeans on the same wavelength in regard to the problem of the Near East [Middle East]. Confronted with two heavyweights [the U.S. and E.U.], it’s hard to imagine the current Israeli government not modifying its politics and returning to the ‘road map,’ leading to a sovereign state on all Palestinian land in the West Bank.”
By Jean-Claude Kiefer
Translated By Mary Kenney
June 6, 2009
France – Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace – Home Page (French)
Heard with a European ear, Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo contains, strictly speaking, nothing revolutionary. The Europeans have been expressing the same things for ages, namely an unwavering support for Israel and condemnation of negationism [denial of the Holocaust], while stressing the “intolerable situation” suffered by the Palestinians and demanding the creation of a Palestinian state and before that, a suspension of Israeli settlements on occupied territory.
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