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Sarkozy May Recognize Palestinian Statehood

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Posted on May 4, 2011
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy will consider recognizing Palestine as a state if the stalled peace process with Israel doesn’t bear fruit. The two warring Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, reached a landmark agreement Wednesday that will attempt to create a unified government for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to support the deal, but Abbas defied him. Abbas plans to declare Palestine an independent state in September, and may have a strong ally in France.  —KDG

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If the peace process is still dead in September, France will face up to its responsibilities on the central question of recognition of a Palestinian state,” Sarkozy said in an interview with L’Express published on Wednesday.

“The idea that there is still plenty of time is dangerous. Things have to be brought to a conclusion” before a UN gathering in September, he added.

Germany, meanwhile, stressed on Wednesday that it would not recognise a Palestinian state without Israel’s acceptance.

Steffen Seibert, a spokesperson for the German government, said Berlin’s position had not changed when asked about Sarkozy’s remarks.

“The policy of the German government remains what Chancellor [Angela] Merkel said after talks with Israel’s Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu in April: that in her view, a unilateral recognition would not contribute to the goal” of a two-state solution, he said.

US-brokered peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians in September broke down over Israeli settlement activity.

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By TDoff, May 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

Good on yer, President Sarkozy, it’s about time a major nation lead the way toward solving a main cause of violence in the Middle East and ‘terrorism’ throughout the world. The intransigent Israeli zionists, and their equally irrational cabal of supporters controlling the ‘powers-that-be’ in the US, continued insistence that ‘Their way is ‘god’s’ way, the only ‘right’ way’, and using that delusion to deny the rights of any who disagree with their madness, must be made to confront reality, that a fair and just co-existence with the Palestinians is essential for a peaceful Israeli, and world, future.
And that someone(s) other than the Israeli zionists will have to determine what is ‘Fair and Just’.

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By bh3392, May 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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No comments at all on this issue? Isn’t this one of the most important issues facing our world? And without any progress whatsoever, how long will the world continue to ignore it? For or against Palestinian statehood, this must be resolved. Such a shame we continue to ignore and think this will disappear. But then we continue to ignore the plight of Native Americans so why should the Palestinians garner any of our attention.

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