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’
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.
“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.”
#ParisPeaceConference turned as flat as a failed soufflé. A big show is no replacement for direct negotiations between the parties.
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) January 15, 2017
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: