On Sunday, delegates from dozens of countries are expected to arrive in Paris to attend the French-sponsored Middle East peace summit. Like others before it, the summit will aim to revive the long-abandoned peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians based on the premise of the two-state solution.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced that he will not be flying to Paris, fearing that the summit will provide the basis for another anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council. While inevitably there will be critics of this decision, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns are duly justified when observing the Middle-East policy of the very country hosting the summit.
Over the past several years, France has funneled millions of euros to some of the most radical Israeli NGOs that stop at nothing to slander and de-legitimize the State of Israel in the eyes of the world. At the behest of their European benefactors, these foreign-agent organizations systematically aim to impose their extreme and unwanted policies on the Israeli government.
The NGO Zochrot, a recipient of French funding as recent as 2015, aims to “promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba,” while at the same time accusing Israel of “systematic ethnic cleansing” and “institutionalized racism.” Zochrot unabashedly calls on the world to flood Israel with millions of Palestinian refugees, which in essence, is a call for the elimination of the Jewish character of the State of Israel.
The French-funded HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, accuses the IDF of committing war crimes and petitions the Supreme Court against the demolitions of terrorists’ homes, including the murderer of the Henkins, the murderer of Malachi Rosenfeld, the murderer of Danny Gonen, the murderer of Yeshayahu Krishevsky, the murderers of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi, the murderer of Baruch Mizrahi, the murderer of Shlomit Krigman, the murderers of Hadar Cohen, the murderer of Rabbi Miki Mark, and the murderer of Hallel Ariel.
France also funds Breaking the Silence, whose radical anti-Israel rhetoric and involvement with nefarious human-rights violators has been widely documented. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. The unfortunate reality is that these organizations amount to a mere fraction of France’s anti-Israel bankroll.
The notion that France professes to be in favor of promoting peace while at the same time funding such organizations, and also pre-ordaining the failure of any future negotiations, is an affront to logic and common sense.
This is a further expression of the strategy that France has been channeling for years through these foreign-agent organizations; that is, claiming to be pro-Israel and in favor of peace negotiations, while simultaneously putting pressure on Israel to capitulate. This painfully monotonous and transparent tactic is the mantra of all foreign governments that wish to legitimize their anti-Israel funding.
As long as these foreign-agent organizations continue to receive funding from the French government, France cannot be taken seriously as an unbiased player — and that goes for all European governments that fund radical anti-Israel organizations.
The writer is the international relations coordinator for Im Tirtzu