Jerusalem: France cautiously calls for respect for a 'status quo' never questioned by Israel

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Jérusalem: la France appelle prudemment au respect d'un 'statu quo' jamais remis en cause par Israël
Hotel of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 37 Quai d'Orsay, Paris. It houses the minister's office and part of the administration. (Credit: Gwenaelle98 - Personal work / CC BY-SA 3.0 / WikiCommons)

On the sidelines of growing tensions, Paris calls on both parties to work for a quick return to calm

Is it addressing Israel or the Palestinian and more generally Arab leaders, this declaration of the Quai d'Orsay, following the events that have bloodied Israel and the territories, and which does not specify its recipient?

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At the press point of the day, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs made the following statement:

"France reaffirms the need to refrain from any act or declaration that may aggravate the conflict".

It "deplores the recent violence in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories that has resulted in the deaths of ten people in attacks and clashes. She expresses her great concern and her determination to help, with her partners, to appease ".

"It is in this spirit, said the spokesman, that Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian met on July 23 with his Jordanian counterpart, Mr. Ayman Safadi. The consultations will continue including tonight at the UN Security Council in an emergency meeting.

While Israel has so far never questioned the status quo governing the Esplanade des Mosques / Temple Mount since 1967, the Quai d'Orsay recalls, in what appears to be an acceptance of the Palestinian narrative, "that any questioning of the status quo carries a great risk of destabilization and hopes that 'a concerted solution, ensuring security, be found without the free access to the holy places being affected'.

It should be remembered that Israel is currently experiencing increasing tension around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, after a weekend of deadly violence.

Clashes erupted with the Palestinians because of the opposition of the latter to the installation of metal detectors at the entrances of the complex, and following the call for the general uprising of many Palestinian leaders and the Arab world.

Israeli authorities claim that the installation of these porticos is justified by the attack on 14 July by Israeli Arabs, who shot and killed two policemen after storing their weapons on the Temple Mount.

Five Palestinians were killed during violent riots sparked by the new measures.

On Friday, a Palestinian man entered a home in Halamish settlement in the West Bank and stabbed three Israelis deadly, raising fears of new terrorist attacks.

On Monday, a man was stabbed in Petah Tikva late morning and was evacuated to hospital suffering moderate to severe injuries. He is apparently a resident of the Israeli Arab city of Arara, while his attacker is a Palestinian resident of the Qalqilya city in the West Bank who has identified his Arab victim as Jewish.

Source: ©  Jerusalem: France cautiously calls for respect for a 'status quo' never questioned by Israel | The Times of Israel

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One Response to "Jérusalem: la France appelle prudemment au respect d’un ‘statu quo’ jamais remis en cause par Israël"

  1. sitbon yvette   25 July 2017 at 22 h 21 min

    France has made a statement worthy of pravda with terms that are those of a news item when it comes to terrorism. but it is true that we should not run against Mahmoud Abbas, a great friend of France. Can we remind the Quai d'Orsay that there are security portals in Mecca, the Vatican and even in front of mosques in New Delhi, Dakka, Gyseh and others! Why has no one insurgent, why "Arab street" so quick to manifest vehemently, with screams, cries, bows in these cases?
    because she probably does not have Jews in front of her.
    France, apart from her unswerving friendships, has since 2005 a panic fear of a new insurrection ...

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