French President Nicolas Sarkozy 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Defense Minister Ehud
Barak told French officials in Paris on June 15, 2009 that Israel has a
"secret accord" with the US government to maintain the "natural growth"
of settlements in the West Bank, revealed a WikiLeaks cable released on Sunday which quoted Middle East Director at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Paoli was noted as saying in
the cable that the French anticipate strong
Israeli resistance to the US government's pressure on the settlement
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The Middle East Director claimed that "the credibility of President
Obama will be judged on the issue of settlements."
Another French official said in the cable that the "Arabs are saying
progress on settlements is crucial. Saudi Arabia and Egypt seem obsessed
with the settlements issue; they won't even enter the game without
progress on settlements."
The cable also quoted Paoli as saying that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had three messages to
communicate to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a meeting the two
held in Paris in June 2009:
- "You think you've got time, but you don't."
- "You think you have an alternative solution, but you don't."
- "You think you're stronger than the Palestinians, but you're not."
Paoli added that Sarkozy will stress to Netanyahu that "there is a single door and it is imperative to move through it now," the cable said.