JERUSALEM: "The World" has always been wrong and it continues!

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Richard C. ABITBOL President

Comment: The world has always been wrong and it continues!


In its editorial of December 23 (see below), the leadership of the World, as it is used to do, fires the words of President Donald Trump on Jerusalem.

Admittedly, we all know the political coloring of the newspaper, which since Hubert Beuve-Méry has always had a very anti-Israeli stance, well before the Six-Day War. It is not a question of colonization or East Jerusalem of which it is about the very existence of Israel!

We also know the natural dislike of this newspaper towards the Republicans and more particularly the hatred that it dedicates to Donald Trump; letting their aversion to everything that comes or touches America, and therefore, indirectly, Israel!

But what many people do not know is that beyond their ideological bias, this newspaper, "Le Monde", has always been wrong in its analyzes for decades.

You have an illustration, about the Khmer Rouge, in this issue of the Newsletter. It is also notable that 42 years later, once everyone has forgotten the militant commitment in this newspaper to these barbaric criminals who will decimate a large part of their population, "Le Monde" prides itself on " méa culpa "which he considers salutary.

That could have been the case if he did not plunge, again, in this partisan spirit that makes him lose all objective reference. This is what we see bitterly in his editorial, fielleux, last December 23.

Indeed, what does he say to Donald Trump: to be out of fantasy and virtual to return to reality?

Who can deny that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since 1949 without denying the very existence of Israel and its sovereignty?

The management of the newspaper, which considers itself to be "the elite of French thought" (one can always dream), states that the use of a threat must be part of a strategy. But that's exactly what was done! 

In the same columns of the World, the day before the vote at the UN General Assembly, these same thinkers wrote that the vote for the motion should win between 170 and 190 votes and that a vote below 130 would be a vote. failure!

The result fell (126 for) one changes the diagnosis: it would be a huge defeat for the United States!

However, enlightened minds, fully conversant with international politics, should know that a motion proclaiming that "Jews are the direct descendants of the Devil" should obtain a majority of at least 150 votes (and perhaps even Europeans would join in to say right after they did not want but ...).

In the circumstances of supreme excitement organized and aroused by the countries most hostile to Israel and the unwavering commitment of the media by their side, the score obtained is, obviously, a success for the United States. 

And in doing so, it is more than normal that the United States has the decency to warn that we can not be "at the same time" FOR and AGAINST the United States, that everyone is free to choose but that every decision has a price to pay. To prevent is only a guarantee of honesty.

To think, as the paper or President Macron does, that the United States is marginalized or even discredited by the statements of Donald Trump, is a fault of geopolitical analysis that a freshman would not do!

The only ones who can "guide" the peace process are the United States, on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, on the other.

And the current agitations are the very demonstration that the peace process and the proposal finalized by Donald Trump is already on the carpet, and that the protagonists know the essential elements.

We can already see the outline and the outline of this agreement through the reactions of each other.

We will know a lot more during the first quarter of 2018.

And, I pledge, I take the bet today, here and in front of you, that next Christmas we will be able to celebrate the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement and the normalization of relations between Israel and most Arab-Muslim countries!

And once again, Europe and the newspaper "Le Monde" will be, once again, misguided!

They are mistaken because they transpose their hatred of the Jews and the United States into an unattainable fantasy of hope that, fortunately, will only remain their fantasy.

See you next year, same day, same time, to check it !!!!

Happy Holidays to all !

Richard C. ABITBOL


Editorial of the World of December 23rd.

Editorial of the World. The United States' isolation from the United Nations General Assembly on the Jerusalem question illustrates the narrow-mindedness of the US President on international relations.

Editorial of the World. The threat is a diplomatic tool like any other, but its use meets some well-understood rules. First, it is better to resort to it only after exhausting other less aggressive forms of persuasion. It should then be agitated only when the stake justifies it, and only if it can allow to prevail. The threat, finally, must be part of a strategy. For not having respected any of these precepts, the United States suffered at the United Nations, on December 21, a humiliation as stinging as useless.

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After the Washington veto on December 18, in the Security Council to a resolution disapproving in hushed terms the unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by Donald Trump, the US administration knew that the Palestinians would get a purely symbolic reparation in front of the General Assembly, where they have an overwhelming majority. But instead of minimizing the importance of this vote, the US administration has made a test of truth, stirring virulently the specter of financial sanctions against his opponents.

No doubt this dramatization has led fifty-six countries to abstain or not to take part in the vote. But it did not prevent a rather pitiful isolation of the United States (9 votes against, 128 for). Apart from Israel, they were supported only by Togo, Guatemala, Honduras and four Pacific micro-nations. And the first recipients of US bilateral aid (except Israel) refused to obey.

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"Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot of money, we do not care"said Mr. Trump with disdain on Wednesday. It is unlikely, however, that Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan will suffer from their vote on a text reminiscent of the previous resolutions on this issue supported by ... Washington.

Rude enough blackmail

This episode also highlights the problematic reading that the US president makes of international relations. It seems to reduce the aid paid by his country to the maintenance of a clientele of obligated, while it is part of this soft power which one of the first supporters in Washington is none other than the secretary of defense, James Mattis, precisely in the name of American interests.

The UN fiasco also highlights the narrow-mindedness that drove Trump to take sides in Jerusalem. This recognition was decided for reasons of domestic politics: the fulfillment of a campaign commitment, as if the electoral promise was by definition adorned with all the virtues, and the satisfaction of a quasi-captive electorate.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, then resorted to this rather rudimentary blackmail according to imperatives that certainly have little to do with the Middle East. Member of a party where it is always popular to attack the UN, it has made grow on this occasion a political capital that it intends to convert when the time comes.

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The unlikely sequence that began on December 6 has been a main casualty for now: Trump's ambition to succeed where all his predecessors failed. By dramatizing again the stake of Jerusalem, the American administration is setting a precedent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: it has placed itself in a situation of failure even before having slaughtered its cards.

Source: UN: Trump and the hazardous use of the threat

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3 Responses to "JÉRUSALEM : « Le Monde » s’est toujours trompé et il continue !"

  1. Hazen   25 December 2017 at 6 h 37 min

    Even if the Arabs of Gazza and cis jordan manage to constitute themselves in the state they will all want to immigrate to the democratic republic of Israel.
    they will be unable to feed themselves because they exist only through the help of others.

  2. bilou   26 December 2017 at 11 h 26 min

    I hope you are wrong.
    To give a state to the Palestinians so small is it to give them a chance and a gain and a respectability they do not have today. This is a major mistake. Will be irreversible, even if tomorrow there is peace, strictly nothing proves that with other rulers there will not be war. The only possible peace is that of a form of autonomy under close control of its rulers.
    Any other system is to prolong the war indefinitely.
    It takes a Herod vassal of Israel, who owes his job only to Israel and who keeps his people under his reins. Then if in the end after a few years, it does not work, it may be time to act like the Romans to preserve territories. What I described to you was already the plan developed and announced openly by Arafat and then by his current successor. One would have to be a utopian fool to hope for something else.
    After the so-called Palestinian peace that will not last, it will release something else for the Lebanese Syrians, Algerians etc ...
    Nothing is better than this plan or the status quo

  3. zissu sorel   30 December 2017 at 10 h 12 min

    Yes, what to expect from this newspaper that I call for a long time "The French PRAVDA"

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