And you didn't think anyone was that blind anymore
On Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu found himself in the awkward position of having to explain to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that Israel's conflict with the 'Palestinians' is not the central conflict of the Middle East
The root of the area’s instability, Netanyahu said in a public
statement made alongside Fabius before the two met in Jerusalem, is the regional
rejection of modernity, moderation, progress and political solutions.
say that because for too long people believed that the root cause of this
instability in the Middle East was the Palestinian-Israeli problem. It is not
the root cause; it’s one of its results,” he said.
“If we have peace with
the Palestinians, the centrifuges will not stop spinning in Iran, the turmoil
will not stop in Syria, the instability in North Africa will not cease, the
attacks on the West will not cease,” he added.
Netanyahu seemed to be
responding directly to comments Fabius made Saturday in Ramallah, after meting
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Even if we speak of other
neighboring countries – the dramatic conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt – the
fact remains that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is one of the issues, perhaps
the central one, for the region,” Fabius said.
After meeting Netanyahu,
Fabius said at a solo press conference that while in the past the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict burned while the rest of the region was relatively
quiet, now the situation was reversed.
But, he said, it would be a “grave
mistake” to follow those saying that this was not the time to move on the
Israeli-Palestinian track because of everything else happening in the
“I think it is necessary to take advantage of a situation where
there it is relative quiet,” he said, adding that the quiet demonstrated a
“change of mentality” that needed to be harnessed for moving the process
While acknowledging that an Israeli-Palestinian accord would not
solve all the problems in the region, Fabius said that if Israel and the
Palestinian Authority could be turned into an “island of stability” it would be
easier to deal with the other problems.
If there's a car accident, God forbid, and you have one person what a broken arm and one person whose arm is hanging by a thread, which one do you treat first? Fabius is arguing that it's the one with the broken arm. He would let the person whose arm is hanging by a thread bleed to death. Does that make any sense?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, France, Laurent Fabius, Middle East peace process, Palestinian state, two-state solution