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Israel-Hamas war: France plans to sanction Israeli settlers in West Bank


Highlights: France is considering sanctions against Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The European Union has already called for sanctions against the settlers. The EU has also called on the U.S. to do the same. The West Bank has been the scene of violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 1967. The Israeli government says the violence is a result of settler-led violence. The U.N. has called for an end to the violence, but the Israeli government has not agreed.

The Foreign Ministry reiterated that the violence in the West Bank must "stop" and that it was "the responsibility of the

Paris is hardening its tone. France plans to take sanctions against Israeli settlers responsible for violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and the head of diplomacy will bring this subject to the European level Monday, December 11 at a meeting in Brussels, announced this Thursday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "This violence must stop and it is the responsibility of the Israeli authorities to ensure that it is and to prosecute the perpetrators," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told a news conference.

"For our part, we will also take responsibility. We are considering measures to ban French territory and freeze assets at national but also European level," she added, stressing that Minister Catherine Colonna "will raise this subject at the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday" in Brussels.

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"We are continuing our discussions with our European partners"

Asked about the deadline, the Quai spokeswoman said that work was underway to identify the personalities targeted. "We are continuing our discussions with our European partners" and "we hope to be able to move forward at both the national and European levels," she said. Berlin has already called on the European Union to consider such sanctions. France regularly condemns violence committed by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Last week, Anne-Claire Legendre stressed that these abuses were "deeply destabilizing for the region" and undermined the prospects for a two-state solution. She said at the time that France did not exclude "any option", referring to the possibility of imposing sanctions against individuals or groups of settlers. The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions against dozens of people who will be barred from entering the United States.

Source: leparis

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