Israel Resource Review 24th June, 2008


Young Israel Protests French President Nicolas Sarkozy

National Council of Young Israel President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq., made the following statement today in response to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comments during his trip to Israel, in which he called on Israel to stop constructing new homes and to expel the Jews from Judea and Samaria, and said that "[t]here cannot be peace without recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of two states:"

"The National Council of Young Israel is outraged at the insensitivity that President Sarkozy displayed during his current visit to Israel. At the same time that he was addressing the Knesset and declaring that France was a friend of Israel, President Sarkozy had the audacity to call on Israel to take steps that would inevitably jeopardize the safety and security of its citizens. Just as the Israeli Prime Minister would not call on France to relinquish half of Paris to its enemy, or even to a friend for that matter, President Sarkozy has no standing and no right to call on Israel to cede control of its capital to people intent on destroying its citizenry. The French President has no business suggesting that Israel divide that which is indivisible. Israel can agree to a divided Jerusalem no more than General Charles de Gaulle and the French were able to agree to a divided France under the Nazis during Work War II. The position of the National Council of Young Israel continues to be that there can be no division of Jerusalem at any time, under any circumstances.

The National Council of Young Israel is also appalled that President Sarkozy chose to advocate the expulsion of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria. As we saw from the Israeli government's failed experiment with Gush Katif, forcing Jews from their homes and relinquishing the land to the Palestinians does not lead to peace. President Sarkozy may think that he has all the answers to the current situation in Israel, but until he stops looking at things through the eyes of the Palestinians and develops a true understanding of the nature of the conflict and the need for Israel to defend itself, he should refrain from making suggestions and advocating positions that threaten the future of the Jewish state."

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Sarkozy and Land for Peace
Steven Plaut

Well, Sarkozy was in Jerusalem this week, and standing before the Knesset he called for Israel to agree to have Jerusalem divided, with half turned over to the savages. He also called for ethnic cleansing of the Jews living in the West Bank

These French politicians have long believed that peace could be created by turning Israel into a sort of Vichy appeasement regime. But now that they want to purchase peace with land, they may be on to something important.

Never one to back down from a challenge, I have prepared a set of proposals for consideration by the French people, so they too can achieve a full, lasting, and just peace with their historic opponents.

First, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force.

Therefore, we can also agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. "A full withdrawal for full peace" should operate here. Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their descendents.

But this, of course, is just the first step toward a solution, as no aggression can be rewarded.and France has much other stolen territory to return. It took Corsica from Genoa, Nice and Savoy from Piedmont; as the successor state, Italy must get back all these lands. By similar token, territories grabbed from the Habsburgs go back to Austria, including Franche-Comt., Artois, and historic Burgundy. The Roussillon area (along the must be returned to Spain, its rightful owner. And Normandy, Anjou, Aquitaine, and Gascony must be returned to their rightful owners, the British royal family.

Not even this not enough for the sake of peace. Brittany and Languedoc must be granted autonomy at once, recognizing the Breton and Occitan Liberation organizations as their legal rulers. This leaves the French government in control over the .le de France (the area around Paris).

That, however, still does not solve the problem of the Holy City of Paris, sacred to artists, gourmets, and adulterers. The Corsicans obviously have a historic claim to the Tomb of the Emperor Napoleon, their famed son, as well as the Invalides complex and beyond. For the sake of peace, is it not too much to ask that Paris be the capital for two peoples? The French authorities must agree to prevent French Parisians from even entering the sacred tomb area, lest this upset the Corsicans.

The Saint Chapelle and the Church of Notre Dame of course will be internationalized, under joint Vatican-art historical auspices. Indeed, the French should consider it a compliment of the highest order that so many people see Paris as an international city.

The French have nothing to complain of. They will enjoy the benefits of peace and retain control of the Champs Elysees.

Actually, come to think of it, even the Champs may be too much. Recalling the French position that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, perhaps the true French capital is not Paris at all, but Vichy.

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