Tag: France

The French government is certain there will be more attacks

France is doing all it can to prevent terrorist attacks but there will be more of them, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday following this week’s murder of a policeman and his wife by a Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State.   Valls said the intelligence and police services had foiled 15 attacks […]

Bracing for Terrorism: How France Is Preparing for Euro 2016

PARIS — With some 2.5 million people descending on France for the European Championship soccer tournament, which kicks off Friday, French officials have acknowledged that even as they take all possible steps to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, there is no such thing as zero risk.   In Paris, the police fear they will be […]

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 […]