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Paris Works on Alternative Proposals for ‘Deal of the Century’

Paris Works on Alternative Proposals for ‘Deal of the Century’

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 13:30
Sheikh among protesters in solidarity with detainees in Ofer prison in the West Bank on Thursday, August 22, 2019 (Reuters)

Diplomatic sources in Paris have doubted that the Palestinian-Israeli issue will be on the G7 summit’s agenda.

The two-day summit will be held on August 24 in the French resort of Biarritz, overlooking the Atlantic waters.

According to these sources, the main reason lies in the US policy, which is based on procrastination in announcing the details of the “Deal of the Century.”

It is noteworthy that the White House wants this deal to be viable to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the oldest of all existing conflicts and hasn’t been solved until today.

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he believes Trump’s peace plan will not achieve its objectives, pointing to the difficulty of imposing an agreement on parties that don’t want to negotiate.

He also stressed that he is working on finding alternative suggestions in this regard.

However, Macron’s remarks raise several queries.

According to Arab diplomatic sources in Paris, since his arrival at the Elysée Palace, the President hasn’t shed light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

They said this issue has been the least discussed among all other issues in the Middle East, such as the Syrian issue, the war in Libya and the Iranian nuclear deal.

Whereas, in terms of developing ideas and suggestions for this conflict, it is not the first time he speaks about seeking to develop solutions.

French figures justify Paris’s absence from this issue, saying that “there is no political space to engage in a complex file Washington wants to dominate completely.”

Macron's comment on imposing a deal on the rival parties, according to Arab diplomatic sources, “does not at all reflect the reality.”

“It is justifiable and does not take into account Israeli settlement policy, other Tel Aviv practices, or Trump's decisions, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the US Embassy there, all measures that lead the Palestinian leadership to refuse to negotiate.”

The French foreign ministry has regularly condemned Israeli practices.

“If anyone has seen the peace plan, let us know,” said France's Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian during a recent visit to Morocco, adding that it won’t make either side happy.

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