Netanyahu rejects French ultimatum on Palestinian statehood
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for a more "sober" approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in dismissing a French peace initiative as only encouraging Palestinians to shun compromise. The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an international peace conference was the latest sign of Western frustration over the absence of movement toward a two-state solution since the collapse of U.S.-brokered negotiations in 2014. Fabius said that if the French plan did not break the deadlock, Paris would recognize a Palestinian state.
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15 May, 2016 Netanyahu tells France’s Ayrault he still opposes peace conference By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told France's foreign minister on Sunday that Israel remained opposed to a French initiative for an international conference to try to revive peace talks. Palestinians welcomed the proposal but Israel is concerned […]