Everyone knows that without a negotiated Israeli- Palestinian peace treaty there will be no peace and no end of conflict. There is no conceivable way to bypass the obvious truth that if the two parties to the conflict do not agree to end it, it will not end.
There is no possibility of an imposed solution to the conflict – not by the Americans and certainly not by the French. It should also be clear that the French are smart and experienced enough to know that even an international conference composed of all of Israel’s friends cannot impose a solution on Israel or on the Palestinians.
The purpose of the French initiative is not to force either Israel or Palestine into an agreement. The French simply understand that it is possible to learn from past failures, including the failed process led by US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013-2014.