Liberman: Paris peace conference will be modern day Dreyfus trial

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took aim at the French Mideast peace initiative on Monday, comparing the upcoming conference in Paris to the infamous Dreyfus Trial in the same city.

French Foreign Ministry officials said Monday that the January 15 meeting was being held to "re-affirm" the global community's commitment to a two-state solution.

Speaking at Yisrael Beytenu's faction meeting, Liberman said of the conference to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, "rather than one Jew on trial, all of Israel will be on trial".

Speaking at the Party's meeting, he claimed that, 'it's enough to watch at France's voting in global organizations for the latest year - UNESCO, UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, everything is clear'.

"It's a Dreyfus trial in a modern version, what they're preparing there in Paris for January 15, with one difference".

"Everyone knows that only the Israelis and Palestinians will be able to conclude a peace directly, but we have to recognize today that the conditions are not in place today to restart the negotiations".

Alfred Dreyfus was a French Jewish army captain wrongly convicted in 1894 of espionage and treason whose ordeal became a symbol of injustice and anti-Semitism. Dreyfus was later pardoned and then exonerated.

After naming recent attacks in France targeting Jewish residents, he said the conference "adds to that atmosphere, and it might be time to tell the Jews of France: "That's not your country, it's not your land, leave France and come to Israel".

France hopes to gather the foreign ministers of up to 50 countries for the conference.

Netanyahu rejected a French proposal earlier this month to meet Abbas in Paris in the framework of an worldwide conference.

The plan was to hold a follow-up conference before the end of the year with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas involved to see whether the two sides could be brought back to negotiations and revive moribund peace talks.



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