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France and the Israeli occupation: Talking the talk, but not walking the walk?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-63
JournalGlobal Affairs
Issue number1
Early online date12 Sep 2018
Accepted/In press26 Jul 2018
E-pub ahead of print12 Sep 2018


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This article examines the rhetoric-practice gap in French foreign policy vis-à-vis Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. It shows that France has maintained a rather stable rhetorical position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli occupation since 1967, based on the condemnation of Israeli settlements in these areas, and the recognition of the Palestinian right to self-determination which, over time, has been crystallised in the French support for the two-state solution. However, in practice France has fallen short of implementing and enforcing measures and policies aimed at the non-recognition of Israeli settlements. France tries to push for the two-state solution internationally, while adopting an accommodating approach towards the occupation when it comes to its bilateral relations with Israel.

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