Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace

Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace
Updated 20 September 2014

Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace

Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace

Backing the “two-state solution” that envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, French Sen. Nathalie Goulet said a sovereign Palestinian state will bring peace in the Middle East.
Speaking to Arab News in an exclusive interview after the conference on “Arabian Gulf and regional challenges,” which concluded here on Wednesday, Goulet asserted: “I think its time that Palestine has its own flag, national anthem, currency and territories with safe borders as a sovereign country.”
She added that this is absolutely essential in order to restore peace in the region. “Palestinians should be allowed sovereignty to make way for peace in the region,” she said.
The French parliamentarian also advocated for Jerusalem as the joint capital for Palestine and Israel with separate areas under their control.
Commenting on the Israeli threat to peace in the region, she said: “Israel is a bigger threat than Iran and what is worrying is America’s unconditional support for Israel.”
Lambasting the Israeli argument of self-defense for the attacks on Gaza, she said: “Disproportionate forces and the use of weapons on innocent civilians are not acceptable and Israel’s self-defense theory is certainly not acceptable because the effect and causes are all mixed up; rockets used as a consequence of the occupation is not correct.”
When asked, if the heavy Israeli military offensive on Gaza amid worldwide condemnation and calls to stop the bloody onslaught which claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 people constitutes a war crime, the French senator said: “I think there is an international inquiry on the subject. Some 500 children were killed and this is a serious problem, not only from outside Israel but within Israel as well. There are people lodging protests against this atrocity and there are some court cases.”
In reply to a question on the regional challenges for the Arabian Gulf and the role of Saudi Arabia, Goulet pointed out that cooperation among Arab countries is important: “The Arab world is not united. There is chaos, bloodshed, humiliation and violence in several Arab world countries. I think it will need another generation to create this unity; it will take time to end all the violence and make way for security and stability in the region.”
She pointed that a sound society cannot be achieved without assessing failures and making efforts to resolve problems.
Answering a question about how far the UN Security Council is committed to playing its role for peace in the Middle East, she said: “As long as the United States continues to use its veto, the UNSC will not play its role.”
On combating terrorism in the region, Goulet applauded the Gulf countries for joining the international coalition against terrorism.
“It is important that everyone fights together against Daesh and other challenges,” she said, referring to Islamic State by its Arabic acronym.