Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated Israel’s objection to a multilateral French peace initiative, calling on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him and hold direct talks instead.
“I will sit alone directly with President Abbas in the Élysée Palace, or anywhere else that you choose. Every difficult issue will be on the table: mutual recognition, incitement, borders, refugees and yes, settlements – everything,” Netanyahu told a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is visiting Israel.
The French initiative, which calls for an international peace conference, “will not encourage peace between Israel. Peace just does not get achieved through international conferences, UN-style. It doesn’t get to fruition through international diktats or committees from countries around the world who are sitting and seeking to decide our fate and our security when they have no direct stake in it,” Netanyahu said.