FM Liberman thanked FM Juppe for his unequivocal condemnation of the terror bombing in Jerusalem and for French understanding of Israel’s obligation to defend its citizens.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met on Thursday (24 March 2011) in Paris with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe.
The two ministers discussed in detail the situation in the Middle East and Israel’s relations with the Palestinians. Liberman told Juppe that Israel welcomes the West’s firm support for defending innocent civilians against the cruel aggression of despotic regimes; however, taking a stand on principles cannot be selective. Israel hopes that the policy we see today concerning Libya will be applied towards Iran and Syria, where the regimes continue to murder dozens of dissidents every day, indiscriminately and unmercifully, and where the regimes’ foreign policy and its negative impact on the Middle East and the world is much more dangerous.
FM Liberman thanked FM Juppe for his unequivocal condemnation of the terror bombing in Jerusalem which he issued yesterday and this morning, for France’s commitment to Israel’s security and for French understanding of Israel’s obligation to defend its citizens. FM Liberman told his host that the escalation in terror activities over the past few weeks, the terror bombing in Jerusalem yesterday and the despicable murder in Itamar are all a result of continuous institutionalized incitement in the Palestinian Authority against Israel.
FM Liberman noted that the Palestinian Authority expends much effort and enthusiasm in reconciliation with the Hamas and the Jihad, but shows no willingness to enter direct negotiations with Israel. Liberman warned also of increased efforts by radical forces to smuggle arms into the Gaza Strip, as was made apparent by the cargo aboard the vessel Victoria, and added that this is not the only case of such efforts.
FM Liberman stated that terrorism is fighting the West wherever it can, and does not discriminate between citizens of different countries. Israel is only the front line which this terrorism has targeted. French citizens such as Gilad Shalit who is being held by the Hamas with no privileges and in an unknown condition, and Ruth Fogel who was brutally murdered along with her family in Itamar, as well as the British citizen murdered yesterday in the terror bombing in Jerusalem, are all victims of terror, as are the citizens of southern Israel who live under constant rocket attacks from Gaza.
The two foreign ministers also discussed bilateral issues and the strengthening of the ties between Israel and France. FM Liberman invited FM Juppe to visit Israel, and FM Juppe accepted the invitation with pleasure.