June 24, 2004

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES:

Former French PM: Israel's creation a "historic mistake" (Ellis Shuman June 21, 2004, Israel Insider)

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard said last week that the 1917 Balfour Declaration leading to the establishment of a sovereign Jewish state had been an "historic mistake."

Rocard, a member of the French Socialist Party who also serves in the European Parliament, told an audience at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, on June 16 that Israel was an "abnormal case in the world."

Referring to England's promise to create a national homeland for the Jews in Palestine, Rocard described the Israel state as a "unique and abnormal condition because it was created with a promise, and that millions of Jews gathered from all around the world, creating an entity that continues to pose a threat to its neighbors until today," the Palestinian International Press Center reported.

Rocard drew attention to the fact that Israel was historically created on a "racist basis," depending on armed conflict to set its borders.


Exactly how many nations were not created on a racist basis with borders defined by armed conflict?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2004 10:28 PM
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i doubt very much that Israel would be considered such a threat if said 'neighbors' weren't hell-bent on wiping Israel off the map.

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at June 24, 2004 11:02 PM

Referring to England's promise to create a national homeland for the Jews in Palestine, Rocard described the Israel state as a "unique and abnormal condition because it was created with a promise, and that millions of Jews gathered from all around the world, creating an entity that continues to pose a threat to its neighbors until today," [...]

Rectal-cranial inversion is an unfortunate condition that afflicts ten out of every ten Frenchmen.

Posted by: Matt at June 25, 2004 12:25 AM

Israel poses a threat to its neighbors in the same manner that Chuck Wepner's face posed a threat to Muhammad Ali's fists.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 25, 2004 12:54 AM

Didn't Hitler say the same thing about Czechoslovakia? And didn't the world stay silent when he did? Who is going to have the guts to respond to this mendacity? I'm getting very tired of the silence.

Posted by: Peter B at June 25, 2004 7:33 AM

Silly frog. Israel has peace treaties with 2 out of 4 of its neighbors -- 2 out of 3 if you count the fact that Syria occupies Lebanon.

Posted by: AML at June 25, 2004 9:50 AM

Wasn't the nation of Israel created by a covenant between God and Abraham?

Posted by: at June 25, 2004 10:49 AM

Yes, but the covenant is meaningless unless ratified by France. Says so in the Scriptures.

Posted by: jefferson park at June 25, 2004 11:41 AM

Ah yes, otherwise they would be acting unilaterally.

[note: the covenant comment was mine...forgot to sign it.]

Posted by: Bartman at June 25, 2004 5:58 PM

It is about time for President Bush (or Powell) to make a short but decisive comment on anti-Semitism in France. Something on the order of "we saw what happened in Vichy - it is starting again. Which direction will France choose?"

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