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By all means, François Hollande, fill that Middle East void

With the U.S. once again failing to forge peace in Israel-Palestine, why not give someone else a shot?

French President François Hollande with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem, November 17, 2013. (Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO)

There’s been quite a bit of talk lately on how France and Russia are attempting to exert more influence in the Middle East. The claim is that the U.S. has shown weakness in the region, and there is a void that needs to be filled. The most recent example of this so called “weakness” was Washington’s hesitant and clumsy reaction to recent events in Syria.

French President François Hollande is just wrapping up a visit in Israel and the West Bank. During the visit, Netanyahu hugged the man so often, one would hope they would just quit and get a room already. Hollande, visiting on the heels of nuclear negotiations in which he took a staunch position against easing up on Iran, was hailed as a hero by Netanyahu and his government.

But, to be honest, if Hollande and France are going to fill any void, it should be the void of leadership concerning the occupation. Because let’s face it, the U.S. “leadership” hasn’t brought any results. Au contraire: military rule has deepened, the settlements have tripled in size, not to mention that there are now Israeli ministers telling CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that there’s no occupation to begin with(!).

(And can someone please tell me what the deal is with Naftali Bennett holding things in his hand as he speaks (minute 6:50)?)

So, maybe it would be a good thing if France and some other Europeans finally got off their tushes and did something. Wouldn’t that be a good thing? Especially after 20 years of failed talks, and with the latest round deemed by many a failure already?

I say in that case, François, by all means! Come and fill the void!

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Rumor has it Netanyahu has a new single out with his band, the Bibi Boys, about his hatred for Iran. +972 got hold of the lyrics, which were apparently co-written with Beach Boy Brian Wilson. I kid you not. (OK, I kid you, I kid you).

Ran ran, Hate Iran
I hate Iran
Yeah
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
I hate Iran
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Most the time
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
At almost any cost
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Avert a holocaust

I’m gettin’ bugged with enrichment, it’s the same old prank
I gotta steer the attention far from the ‘ole West Bank

My generals and I are gettin’ real gun prone
Yeah, the Ayatollahs know they better leave us alone

I hate Iran
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Most the time
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
At almost any cost
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Avert a holocaust
I hate Iran, ran oooo
Wah wa ooo
Wah wa ooo
Wah wa ooo

I try to bite the hand that feeds me every day
That’s why I wanna pick a fight with the U.S. of A.

I show them no respect cause it wouldn’t be sane
To let our fate be decided by a guy named Hussein

I hate Iran
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Most the time
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
At almost any cost
Hate Iran ran ran I hate Iran
Avert a holocaust oooo

Related:
A pro-Israel hawk to draft Kerry’s peace plan?
Recognizing that Europe and the U.S. support the occupation 

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    1. well, fear not, no more American weakness in M/E! Kerry will now be supervised (as to I/P only? maybe as to iran ?) by to AIPAKeteers. This is strenthhh, not weaknesssss.

      And, for the headline writer: it is “FRANCOIS” (masc), not “FRANCOISE” (fem).

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      • Thanks!

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    2. Philos

      So according to Bennet one can’t occupy their own home (snicker) and Israel is a cucumber. Reminds me of the graffiti sprayed by IDF soldiers in a Gaza home, “Life is like a cumcumber. One minute it’s in your hand, the next it’s up your ass.”

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    3. Danny

      Did he have a cucumber in his pocket the whole time? You couldn’t make this stuff up.

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    4. sh

      Re François Hollande, it’s déjà vu as far as I’m concerned. His visit and the attendant euphoria conjured up hitherto dormant visions of grounded Mirages and Magistères, lost jobs at Dassault, captured Migs, …

      Still, for newbie francophiles, comme par hazard, there’s always the legendary Charles Aznavour. At almost 90 he’s coming here for the first time ever to give a Peace Concert ( 🙂 I kid you not) at Nokia this Saturday night.

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    5. sh

      … Concert (I kid you not).

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    6. JG

      Of all lame ducks, Hollande probably is one of the lamest of all times.
      I would give more hope of a messiah of some kind coming down as that Hollande goin to fill any void.
      He just enjoys hgugs nobody gives him at home.

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    7. Danny

      I guess we can all feel relieved that when Bennett said that *this* is the state of Israel, he was holding up a cucumber and not something else in his pocket that was long and flaccid. 🙂

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    8. To say there is a 2000 year old warrant (I guess really 2500 or something old) is not only to nullify all international law, which is wobbly when healthy, but also all “recent Israel” law if it is deemed contrary to the ancient warrant. So implicitly, Bennett, and I guess his party, are against all positive law. And Kerry/Obama think they can deal with such as this?

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    9. Piotr Berman

      So now Israeli press is presumably full of praise of Francois Hollande who spared the Jewish State a full week of living with the consequences of The Gravest Historical Error Ater Munich.

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