April 19, 2024

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Israel at risk of ‘long-lasting apartheid’: France

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PARIS, May 24  — France’s foreign minister warned Sunday of the risk of “long-lasting apartheid” in Israel if the Palestinian people fail to obtain their own state, reported Anadolu Agency. 

Two days after Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas agreed to a truce brokered by Egypt in which France also played a role, Jean-Yves Le Drian hoped that the cessation of hostilities would continue.

“We must initiate a policy of small steps. We must ensure that there is a logic of trust that can be established between the two camps…leading to a two-state solution,” he said while appearing on the LCI TV channel, noting it is the only solution to rule out “a risk of apartheid.” 

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Referring to the recent violent confrontations between Jews and Muslims in Israeli cities, Le Drian said he was worried for the first time to see the two communities clash. 

Alluding to former US President Donald Trump’s staunch pro-Israel policy under which Washington formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pushed for a peace plan, he added there was a perception that the conflict between Israel and Palestine would end soon. 

“Those who thought that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would gradually be extinguished were mistaken. It shows the urgency of finding a political process,” he said, underlining the crucial need for a resolution.

Otherwise, he warned, “we would then have the ingredients of long-lasting apartheid…if we continue to adopt a logic of one state or the status quo.” 

BERNAMA