by John Hawkins | April 25, 2002 7:50 am
French FM: US Jewry more ‘intransigent’ than Sharon: French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine came to the conclusion that “Sharon is an obstacle to the peace process bolstered in his intransigence by American Jewry, which Vedrine said is essentially more Sharon than Sharon.” He also said..
“The Jewish organizations have not made the switch toward peace. …The job of the European Union is to strengthen the peace camp in Israel, strengthen the PA, and change US positions.”
There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to begin. Jews are between 2% and 3% of the population in the United States so the overwhelming majority of support for Israel in the US does not come from Jews. Furthermore, putting pressure on Israel to make peace is pointless because they’re already willing to make peace if the Palestinians will. But since Arafat and the PA have no intentions of peacefully negotiating a settlement, why shouldn’t we be putting pressure on them instead of Israel? On top of that, many Americans consider the French as a whole to be anti-American, anti-Semitic, arrogant, uncooperative, cowards who would like nothing better than to see America crash and burn. So why should we care what Hubert Verdine thinks about anything?
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