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January 16, 2017 12:55 pm

Paris Peace Confab Like ‘Marriage Counseling With Neither Husband Nor Wife Present,’ Netanyahu Spokesman Says; Foreign Ministry: Summit Turned as ‘Flat as a Failed Soufflé’

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David Keyes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's foreign media spokesman. Photo: Screenshot.

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The international diplomatic conference held in Paris on Sunday was “like having marriage counseling with neither the husband nor the wife present,” a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told BBC News.

After calling the confab attended by representatives of more than 70 countries a “relic of the past,” David Keyes noted, “The barrier for this two-state solution for two peoples isn’t the prime minister of Israel.”

Instead, Keyes went on to say, the true obstacle to peace is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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“He’s said no to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state; he’s said no to direct negotiations with Israel; and, frankly, he’s said no to stopping the glorification or murderers and the horrific hate speech which is indoctrinating children from a very young age,” Keyes stated.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted that Sunday’s summit in the French capital “turned as flat as a failed soufflé.”

The final document produced by the conference — in which neither Israel nor the Palestinians took part — reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to the two-state solution and urged both sides to refrain from unilateral steps.

It also said a follow-up meeting would take place later this year.

As reported by The Algemeiner, French Jews decried Sunday’s conference, with a community leader calling it “counterproductive for the peace process.”

Watch the interview with Keyes below:

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