Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin has called for an immediate end to Israel’s ‘war’ on Hamas.
The continuing ‘war’, he said in a TV interview, is a threat to not just Israel but to peace in the region and beyond. He made the following points in the interview, conducted in French, which was translated and shared on social media by @RnaudBertrand. Some excerpts from the interview:
- Mr Benjamin Netanyahu could control Gaza, but it would change nothing. There will continue to be terrorist attacks, Israelis will continue to live in fear.
- This is yesterday’s war because ‘war against terrorism’ has never been won anywhere. Force is not the answer, vengeance is not the answer. The answer is justice.
- The world must prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from continuing his suicidal logic that will make Israel a besieged state. They can besiege Gaza, but they will be besieged in turn.
- (It is in) Israel’s interest is to have a responsible state at its side. And this responsible state — let’s stop splitting hairs — must clearly be the West Bank, all of the West Bank. It must be Gaza, with access between the two territories, and East Jerusalem. The problem, and this is the whole point of Benjamin Netanyahu’s escalation, is that Benjamin Netanyahu does not want it.