Former French ambassador Gérard Araud: Israel is an "apartheid state"

Former French ambassador Gérard Araud: Israel is an “apartheid state”

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The French ambassador of the United States Gérard Araud gave a series of interviews to the press on the occasion of his retirement.

He was already known for his outspokenness but this time he speaks without restraint. Gérard Araud, the French ambassador of the United States, gave a series of interviews in the press, Friday, April 19, on the occasion of his retirement. He violently flayed the Trump administration but also gave his opinion on the situation in the Middle East, a region in which he spent part of his career.

In an interview with The Atlantic, the former diplomat described Israel as an “apartheid state” about the situation of the Palestinians. “[The Israelis] will not make them citizens of Israel, so they will have to formalize the situation, which we know is an apartheid situation,” he said.

In this interview, Gérard Araud denounces the management of the file by the Trump administration and remains pessimistic about the future of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “The problem is that the disproportion of power is such between the two parties that the stronger can conclude that it has no interest in making concessions … The status quo is extremely comfortable for Israel.”

At 66 years old, Gérard Araud is known to have been an ambassador without language of wood. Very active on Twitter, his hot and un-diplomatic reactions have often sparked heated controversy. His successor as France’s ambassador to the United States has not yet been appointed, but the diplomatic adviser to President Emmanuel Macron, Philippe Etienne, is expected.

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