Netanyahu rejects French ultimatum on Palestinian statehood

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in JerusalemBy 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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