Netanyahu in Berlin calls French plan ‘surprising’ as Merkel puts brakes on diplomatic efforts

Netanyahu said the only way to promote peace was “through negotiations without preconditions, directly between the two sides.”

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“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.”
—Ezekiel 39:25-29

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday characterized as “surprising” a French peace initiative that calls for an international conference, and – if that fails – recognition by Paris of a Palestinian state.

Speaking in Berlin at a press conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netanyahu said it was surprising for the French to say in advance they would recognize a Palestinians state if the peace conference fails without knowing whether that state may turn into yet another dictatorship in the region; whether that state “really intended to end the conflict” with Israel and “recognize the “state of the Jews”; and without knowing if there will be security arrangements in that state to prevent Hamas, Islamic State or both from taking over land from which Israel might withdraw.

“Obviously this ensures that a conference will fail,” Netanyahu said. “Because if the Palestinians know that their conditions will be accepted, and they don’t have to do anything [to compromise], then certainly there is an internal contradiction and they will not do anything.”

Netanyahu said the only way to promote peace was “through negotiations without preconditions, directly between the two sides. That is the real way, and anyone who tries to divert from that path will not promote successful negotiations.”

Netanyahu’s comments came within hours of French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave meeting in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem with Alon Ushpiz, the ministry’s deputy director-general for political affairs, and presenting him with details of the French plan.

The plan calls for the convening of a peace conference in Paris in the summer. This meeting is to be preceded by a meeting of an international support group, without Israeli and Palestinian participation.

Merkel, meanwhile, was asked whether following the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East it “wasn’t time to admit that Palestinian terror has nothing to do with settlements and the so called occupation.”

She replied, “We in the EU and in German are trying to see things realistically. We recognize the terror threat that Israel must face, and on the other hand we want to promote a process of living together in peace, and that is based on two states for two peoples,” she said.

Merkel said that she discussed with Netanyahu possible future steps. Though acknowledging that “this is not the time for progress,” she said it is possible to “improve things in certain areas,” and said that Germany in particular would help in areas of economic development.

Merkel said that despite differences between Israel and the EU, it was important to keep the channels of communication open. “We agree that Israel, Europe and Germany are facing the same challenges, and we had our talks in this spirit, and discussed how to fight Islamic State and how it is possible to stop the terrorist threat.”

  1. Etzel, 16 February, 2016

    “We in the EU and in German are trying to see things realistically”

    The EU And Germany (also a member of the EU) Haven’t seen reality since these same countries embraced socialism. (an experiment that has failed miserably causing mass inflation, devaluation of the Euro and loss of productivity, despicable health care. etc.. ( these are the same failed policies that the progressive democrats want to put into place in the USA.)

    “We agree that Israel, Europe and Germany are facing the same challenges, and we had our talks in this spirit, and discussed how to fight Islamic State and how it is possible to stop the terrorist threat.”

    Its nice they are able to agree but its the same failed polices that have allowed the Islamists unlimited access to live in these countries. they are permitted to live as Islamists and not assimilate into their new homelands but rather, they remain in Islamic enclaves and retain their cultural practices and demand the their host country now adopt their values and legal system. ( Again these are the same failed policies that the progressive democrats want to put into place in the USA.)

    It is clear to anyone who understands Biblical Prophecy that Israel will soon stand alone. Christians who support Israel are met with opposition from many mainstream “denominations” as well as many “evangelicals” who have sided with the progressive thought that the palestinians (a mixed group of Arabs that trace their ancestry from countries) should have a homeland. The truth is they do, it is Jordan (do your research). The Arab countries that surround Israel have never allowed these people to live freely in their countries. keeping alive the false idea that they have Israel as a homeland, in order to fulfill the Arab/Islamic goal of the total destruction of the Jews,

    Those diminishing followers of Jesus supporting Israel are increasingly coming under verbal attack from their “fellow”‘christians” who support the Islamic agenda and the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement. These vocal attacks will soon turn to physical attacks and persecution from our “brothers”

    To tie this all up, the EU simply wants to placate the hoards of Islamist invading their countries, and will once again throw both the Jews and Israel under the bus (or in the ovens), and the rest of the world will stand by and do nothing.

    We can see the same illegal immigration practices increasing in the USA. and do nothing but encourage it under the present Commander and chief and his fellow progressives.

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