´Israel has secret accord with US to maintain settlements´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF 12/20/10)
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WikiLeaks reveals that French expected Israel to oppose pressure on
freeze, said Obama´s credibility based on his stance on settlements.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told French officials in Paris on June
15, 2009 that Israel has a "secret accord" with the US government to
maintain the "natural growth" of settlements in the West Bank,
revealed a WikiLeaks cable released on Sunday which quoted Middle
East Director at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrice
Paoli was noted as saying in the cable that the French anticipate
strong Israeli resistance to the US government´s pressure on the
The Middle East Director claimed that "the credibility of President
Obama will be judged on the issue of settlements."
Another French official said in the cable that the "Arabs are saying
progress on settlements is crucial. Saudi Arabia and Egypt seem
obsessed with the settlements issue; they won´t even enter the game
without progress on settlements."
The cable also quoted Paoli as saying that French President Nicolas
Sarkozy had three messages to communicate to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu in a meeting the two held in Paris in June 2009:
- "You think you´ve got time, but you don´t."
- "You think you have an alternative solution, but you don´t."
- "You think you´re stronger than the Palestinians, but you´re not."
Paoli added that Sarkozy will stress to Netanyahu that "there is a
single door and it is imperative to move through it now," the cable
said. (© 1995 - 2010 The Jerusalem Post. 12/20/10)
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