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French ambassador to US: Israel becoming an apartheid state

Saturday 20/April/2019 - 03:46 PM
Gérard Araud
Gérard Araud


i24NEWS

Israel will become an apartheid state، outgoing French ambassador to the United States told the Atlantic in an interview published yesterday where he officially ends his five-year term in Washington.

Ambassador Gérard Araud، who praised US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner، said Israel will not make the Palestinians citizens of the Jewish state. Israel will thus officially become "an apartheid state،" according to Araud.

“The status quo is extremely comfortable for Israel. Because they (can) have the cake and eat it. They have the West Bank، but at the same time they don’t have to make the painful decision about the Palestinians، really making them really، totally stateless or making them citizens of Israel. They won’t make them citizens of Israel. So they will have to make it official، which is we know the situation، which is an apartheid. There will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already،” Araud told the Atlantic.

The outgoing French ambassador also said he believed the long awaited US peace plan is doomed to fail، but that there might be a chance that Trump can pressure Israel into concessions.

"I’m close to Jared Kushner … Everywhere in the history of mankind، when there is a negotiation between two sides، the more powerful [party] is imposing terms on the weaker party. That’s the basis of Jared Kushner’s (peace plan)—it will be a proposal very close to what the Israelis want. Is it doomed to fail? I should say 99 percent yes، but 1 percent، you never forget the 1 percent. Trump is uniquely able to push the Israelis، because he is so popular in Israel،” the ambassador said.

Meanwhile، US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt denied recent rumors about the peace plan which suggested that Egypt give up parts of its Sinai desert to Gaza Strip for the creation of a “New State."


Edited by Rabea Yehia


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