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Op-ed in official PA daily: Israel “was established on the foundations of colonialism”

Headline: "[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the French Initiative"

Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily

"What happened in the southern districts (the Gaza Strip) [parentheses in source] in 2007 (- Hamas military takeover of the Gaza Strip from the PA/Fatah –Ed.) occurred with the support and aid of the Israeli government at the time, which served as a cover and supporting body for the Hamas coup against Palestinian legitimacy for Israeli strategic reasons. Likewise, Netanyahu has no right to talk about the model of extreme countries as long as his country exists. This is because this state was established on the foundations of colonialism and still maintains traditional colonialism in the Palestinian territories, and violates international conventions, regulations, and resolutions, and refuses on principle to pay its dues of the peace process. Therefore, the Prime Minister of the herds of settlers (i.e., Benjamin Netanyahu) has no right to talk about extreme countries, because Israel, and behind it the US, and countries in the region that follow it, are those that allowed the same extremist groups to multiply in the Arab arena like mushrooms [after rain], in order to achieve their goals and take apart and redivide the states and the peoples of the Arab nation into small, religious, sectarian, and ethnic states."

The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the purpose of which was to establish a framework for renewed negotiations between the two.