Thursday, January 19, 2017

Britain again breaks ranks with Europe — this time over Israel
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA

Mideast peace conference The Paris peace conference saw Great Britain break ranks with the countries that attended in a move that pleased Israel and perhaps the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label the meeting “useless.”

Admittedly the France-initiated event, which neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority attended, did not change the international community’s understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nor did the gathering take any concrete steps to end the dispute.

But it was neither insignificant nor useless from Israel’s point of view. The summit saw Great Britain break ranks with the countries that did attend in a move that pleased Israel and perhaps the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Instead of demonstrating international consensus as intended by France under President Francois Hollande, the summit turned into a showdown between France and the United Kingdom over Israel. In an unprecedented manner, the rift exposed disagreements within a brittle European Union that is bracing for potentially turbulent relations with the United States under Trump.

The first sign of dissent happened before the summit even began, when the United Kingdom dispatched only junior diplomats. By contrast, Hollande attended, as did 36 foreign ministers, including the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
 
Read entire article here: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-Britain-again-breaks-ranks-with-Europe-this-time-over-Israel-478906

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