Rouhani is attempting to shore up support amid Iran’s quest for regional hegemony and its escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia, and further his country’s propaganda against Israel; he has found a listening ear in France, and is advising Macron not to “fall for Israel’s trap.”
France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a “realistic and impartial approach,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron…Macron has tried to mediate in a regional crisis that erupted after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4.
Macron is facing enough of a crisis in his own country, as a result of his and his predecessors’ failure to understand the nature of jihad and support for a suicidal immigration policy, yet he is trying to mediate “a regional crisis” in the Middle East; his hubris is now being fueled by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who is stroking Macron’s ego and trying to convince him that “France can play a productive role in the Middle East.”
Macron needs to be minding France first. Conditions have deteriorated so rapidly there that the French postal service now refuses to deliver to a Muslim migrant No Go Zone — the Seine-Saint-Denis suburb on the outskirts of Paris — because of a “danger to staff.” Now Britain intends to “pay France tens of millions of pounds more to stop migrants being smuggled” across the Channel and into the UK.
In a complete surrender, Macron also once described terrorism as an “imponderable problem” which will be “part of our daily lives for the years to come.” So what could Macron’s plan possibly be to “mediate a regional crisis”? France expects Hizballah to disarm. This naivete overlooks the jihadist identity of Hizballah, its history, and its manifesto, which states:
Our primary assumption in our fight against Israel states that the Zionist entity is aggressive from its inception, and built on lands wrested from their owners, at the expense of the rights of the Muslim people. Therefore our struggle will end only when this entity is obliterated. We recognize no treaty with it, no cease-fire, and no peace agreements, whether separate or consolidated.
Also, Hizballah works with “other Palestinian terrorist organizations such as Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and, especially, Tanzim,” and has been “a major supplier of weapons to Hamas.”
“Iran’s Rouhani: Middle East Must Not Fall For ‘Israel’s Trap,'” Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2017:
BEIRUT – France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a “realistic and impartial approach,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.
Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.
Iranian state media said Rouhani told Macron that the Islamic Republic was ready to develop its relations with France on all bilateral, regional and international issues based on mutual respect and shared goals.
Rouhani referred to the “adventurism of some inexperienced princes in the region”- an allusion to Iran’s arch geopolitical rival Saudi Arabia – and said France could play a positive role in easing the situation.
“We are against adventurism and creating division in the region and believe that France, by keeping an independent vote and its position in the region, can, with a realistic and impartial approach, have a productive role,” he said.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim ally Hezbollah at talks in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian influence.
Rouhani also highlighted the importance of maintaining stability in Lebanon and, in the phone call with Macron, noted what he characterized as the threat posed by Israel. Other countries in the region, he said, should not fall for “Israel’s trap.”
“Hezbollah are a part of the Lebanese people and are incredibly loved in this country. Their weapons are only defensive and are only for use in the face of a potential attack,” Rouhani said.
“Now we have to try so the Lebanese groups can, with security, have a government that can help advance their country.”
Macron has tried to mediate in a regional crisis that erupted after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, accusing Tehran and Hezbollah, which was in his coalition government, of sowing strife across the Middle East.
France has called on Hezbollah to disarm. “France’s demands on Hezbollah are well known. In accordance with the relevant (UN) Security Council resolutions, we want it to give up weapons and behave like a party that is fully respectful of the sovereignty of the Lebanese state,” a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said in a daily briefing on Tuesday.
Lebanese government sources told Reuters earlier this month that Hariri was forced by Saudi Arabia to quit because he was unwilling to confront Hezbollah….