Tag: France

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 […]

Paris climate deal set to be signed by record number of states

About 170 countries gathered at the United Nations for a ceremonial signing of the landmark Paris agreement on Friday, in a powerful display of global efforts to fight climate change.   A dozen countries – mainly the small island states at risk of being drowned by rising seas – said they would take the additional […]

Earth Day 2016: Paris climate deal signing ceremony – what it means and why it matters

The world took a collective sigh of relief in the last days of 2015, when countries came together to adopt the historic Paris agreement on climate change.   The international treaty was a much-needed victory for multilateralism, and surprised many with its more-ambitious-than-expected agreement to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C.   The […]

Abbas to meet Hollande to discuss French plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris later this month to discuss France’s recent push to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.   Abbas will have an “important meeting” with Hollande to talk about “convening an international peace conference in accordance with the French initiative,” Palestinian Authority presidential spokesman Nabil Abu […]