Gaza is Palestinian land, Israel can't dictate its future: France FM

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jan 2024

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said that Gaza is a Palestinian territory, and Israel has no right to determine its future.

French Foreign and European Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna
French Foreign and European Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna. AFP


“Gaza is Palestinian land, which wants to become part of the future Palestinian state. We support the two-state solution, which is the only viable option,” she said. 

“Gaza and the West Bank must together be part of the future Palestinian state.”

Colonna also slamed the racist statements made by two extremist Israeli ministers calling for relocating the population of the Gaza Strip to another country and constructing Israeli settlements in the area.

“Such calls are irresponsible and keep us away from a solution. We need to return to the principle of international law and respect it.”

Colonna affirmed that such rhetoric by Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir also conflicts with Israel's long-term interests, stressing her support for the two-state solution.


The US and the UE and numerous other countries have strongly condemned the statements made by these extremist Israeli ministers.


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