The French peace initiative 'emptied of all substance'
Contemporary France will be easily outmaneuvered by the US and Israel.
By Mouin Rabbani (for Al Jazeera)
|| Amman - The news emanating from Paris on Friday 3 June was dominated by reports about the Seine River flooding and closure of the Louvre Museum rather than the international meeting convened by the French government to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace.
|| Even without this competition, it is doubtful this latest "Middle East Peace Initiative" could have generated significant coverage. Primarily because, apart from the fact of the meeting itself, nothing of interest emerged from it.
|| The French initiative, as it has come to be known, was first proposed by the Hollande government last year. In its original form, it consisted of a draft United Nations Security Council resolution that would set forth clear parameters for Israeli-Palestinian peace, along with mechanisms and a timeline for achieving them.
|| Faced with concerted US opposition and Israeli hostility , the Quai d'Orsay repeatedly watered down its terms and, concluding that US support for any such resolution would not be forthcoming as a matter of principle, ultimately chose to capitulate rather than stand its ground.