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May 15, 2016 10:40 am

Israel Rejects ‘Biased’ French Peace Initiative as Foreign Minister Visits Jerusalem

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Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo: Wikipedia.

Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Jerusalem Sunday that the only way to proceed toward peace between Israel and Palestine was through direct negotiations without any preconditions. Netanyahu rejected the French attempts at resuming peace talks, calling them an “escape hatch” that will avoid recognizing Israel as the “nation state of the Jewish people.”

Speaking during a weekly meeting of his cabinet ministers, Netanyahu said he told Ayrault that Israel found “it difficult to treat France’s peace effort as unbiased in light of Paris’ support of the Unesco Temple Mount resolution,” adopted last month, which went against Israel, according to a Haaretz report.

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  • Yaakov

    The question is, “Who would Netanyahu consider to be an impartial mediator?” It is not enough just to say “no” to the French foreign minister if he does not consider France to be unbiased. He must indicate who would be acceptable. Clinton tried but his effort failed because Arafat was not willing to do anything other than smile.

  • Eric R.

    Bibi should have said he cannot attend a peace conference run by a country that actively persecutes its own Jews, and whose own state controlled news imitates Der Stuermer.

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