Tag: France

France convenes peace talks; Saudi’s Jubeir says Arab peace plan best option for Israel

PARIS – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that the basis for any future peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians remained a 2002 Arab offer, and urged Israel to accept it.   “The Arab peace initiative has all the elements for a final settlement,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters after a conference in Paris.   […]

French Jews flee Paris suburbs over rising anti-Semitism

Le Raincy (France) (AFP) – When Alain Benhamou walked into his apartment near Paris in July 2015 and saw the words “dirty Jew” scrawled on the wall, he knew it was time to leave.   It was his second such break-in in less than three months and the 71-year-old no longer felt welcome in Bondy, […]

PA rejects Netanyahu’s call for direct talks

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday dismissed an Israeli proposal for direct negotiations instead of a French multilateral peace initiative, calling it an attempt to “buy time”.   Hamdallah made the comments as he met French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has held talks in Israel and the Palestinian Authority this week to push […]

Netanyahu rejects French initiative

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 Netanyahus proposal.Direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority are “the only way […]

ENCOUNTERING PEACE: The French connection

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 […]

France postpones Middle East conference to summer

PARIS – French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday an international conference due in late May in Paris to relaunch peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis had been postponed but would take place this summer.   With US efforts to broker a two-state accord in tatters and Washington focused on its November presidential election, Paris […]

French official pans his country’s UNESCO vote

(JTA) – The interior minister of France criticized his country’s recent vote at a UN agency for a resolution that critics said ignored Jewish historical ties to Jerusalem and its holy sites.   Bernard Cazeneuve spoke of his objection to France’s April 16 vote at UNESCO, the Paris-based UN organization dealing with education, culture and heritage, at […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Belgian FM: French plan lets Palestinians avoid peace talks

Stepping up his efforts to thwart the French diplomatic initiative calling for a summit in Paris later this month to discuss the parameters of a peace deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued against the plan in a meeting Monday with visiting Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.   According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu said […]

France to hold summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

France will attempt to reanimate the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process by holding a meeting of foreign ministers in Paris at the end of May, to set the stage for a peace conference later in the summer.   The intervention by France comes following months of deeply pessimistic noises from Washington – which has long been […]

French FM: Only the ‘two-state solution’ will work

An international meeting meant to kickstart the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace process must result in guarantees and not just declarations, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Haaretz Thursday night, shortly after his country announced the May 30 summit.   The goal of the summit, he said, is to “build a collective commitment of the international […]