Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Defense Minister says the timing of the French peace summit, January 15th, a strategic 5 days before Obama leaves office serves but one purpose: ‘to undermine the State of Israel’s security & tarnish its good name.’
By Moran Azulay
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday slammed France’s peace summit scheduled for next month, calling it “a modern day Dreyfus trial.”
“There’s only one difference,” he asserted, “this time, instead of the defendant being one Jew, it will be the entire nation of Israel and the State of Israel.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: AP
He criticized the timing of the summit, which was scheduled for December but postpone to January 15—five days before US President Barack Obama leaves office. Continue Reading »
London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reports president-elect’s team sent a clear message to Paris that their planned summit is unacceptable at this time.
• Palestinians: “The clearly biased position of President-elect [Donald] Trump and his people in favor of Israel will make it difficult to reach a solution to the conflict.”
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
The international peace summit seeking to reignite the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, scheduled to be held in Paris in December, will be postponed and possibly even cancelled due to the result of the U.S. presidential elections.
Netanyahu and Hollande hold joint press conference – Photo: Koby Gideon, GPO
The reason, according to a Sunday report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, is that the elected administration opposes the summit, Israel’s objections to it notwithstanding. Continue Reading »
France’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process says his country’s initiative will test Israel’s resolve to reach a solution.
By Itamar Eichner
Pierre Vimont, France’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said at a conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday that it was his government’s intention to move forward on the French peace initiative by the end of this year.
The conference was held by the Macro Center for Political Economics and the Institute for National Security Studies. Vimont said that the current status quo was distancing the two-state solution and necessitating intervention: “We want to revive the two-state solution in this window of opportunity and return it to the international agenda.” Continue Reading »
Israeli official repeats calls for direct talks, instead of being forced to cater to the interests of each European country participating in the initiative, when some have clear anti-Israel positions.
By ADAM RASGON
Top Abbas advisor Ahmad Majdalani said on Sunday that the Palestinian leadership still hopes to participate in an international peace conference in Paris before the end of the year, but fears that Israel will prevent it from taking place.
Ahmad Majdalani (left) speaks to the press – Syrian News Agency
“I cannot say with certainty that [the conference] will take place because the Israeli government is placing all the possible obstacles and impasses in front of it,” Majdalani, who also serves as a PLO Executive Committee member, told The Jerusalem Post, adding, “I don’t think Israel will participate and it is also pressuring its allies not to participate.” Continue Reading »
Refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Abbas said the French initiative must be based on Israel’s 1967 border, and without an IDF presence.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Saturday called for NATO forces to replace the IDF in the West Bank, as part of as part of any peace deal that leads to the creation of a two-state solution.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at UN headquarters in New York. – Photo: REUTERS
He also rejected the idea of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, when speaking before the Arab League. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM rejects French initiative, having world powers without Israeli or PA representatives in attendance, and suggests alternative: Direct, face-to-face talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French “peace initiative” as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he would speak to President Francois Hollande about Netanyahu’s proposal.
Direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority are “the only way to proceed to peace,” Netanyahu said. He offered “a different French initiative” of face-to-face talks with Abbas in Paris. Continue Reading »
As US State Department evades question of Kerry’s attendance, French President Francois Hollande announces that the peace summit would be postponed, despite PA lead negotiator Erekat’s assurances of Sec. of State Kerry’s participation.
By David Rosenberg
A planned Middle East peace summit hosted by the French government has US Secretary of State John Kerry in a bind, pitting the Obama administration’s hopes that the meeting will rekindle stalled talks against the State Department’s long standing support for bilateral negotiations.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, (right), PLO leader Saeb Erekat (center) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) – Photo: AP
While Kerry has suggested that scheduling issues could prevent his attendance, France has stated the summit will be postponed to fit with the Secretary’s other commitments. Continue Reading »
Prior to the French FM’s visit with PM Netanyahu on Sunday, Dr. Dore Gold, the Foreign Ministry director general, explains Israel’s opposition to the French initiative.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A top Israeli official on Friday reiterated the country’s opposition to a French attempt to resurrect the peace process with the Palestinian Authority (PA), ahead of a visit by France’s foreign minister on Sunday.
Paris will hold an international ministerial meeting on May 30 to try to revive peace talks that have been frozen since a US-brokered initiative was torpedoed by the PA in April 2014, when it signed a unity agreement with Hamas. Continue Reading »