Sarkozy: Absence of 'Palestine' an injustice

Thursday, December 06, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during a speech to university students in Algeria on Wednesday that France views the absence of a sovereign Palestinian Arab state as an unacceptable injustice.

Sarkozy claimed, against the assessments of various security and diplomatic experts, that a sovereign Palestinian state would be beneficial for everyone as it would bolster war on terror by depriving terrorists of their primary recruiting tool: a feeling of injustice among Arab Muslims.

The French president failed to address the fact that it was the Arab world that rejected the creation of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River when the UN voted in 1947 to partition the remainder of the British Mandate into Jewish and Arab states.

He also ignored the rampant anti-Israel Arab terrorism that existed prior to Israel seizing control of the territories that are today the focus of the Middle East peace process.

Sarkozy attempted to balance his statements by also labeling as an injustice the Arab world's failure to recognize Israel's right to exist free of the threat of violence, reported The Associated Press.

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