Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

20 years of Harry Potter

Read more

THE DEBATE

Modi meets Trump: The ties that bind US and India leaders

Read more

FOCUS

Left-wing activism on the rise in the United States

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

'Huge failure' on refugee crisis is 'existential problem for EU'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Divisions over migration policy: What should the EU do?

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

A trip through France's breathtaking Auvergne region

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

When Modi met Trump: Budding romance or one-night stand?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

How to counter Islamic State group propaganda?

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Coal power plant in Senegal worries residents; and the Venezuelan TV show... in a bus

Read more

Middle East france 24

Israel says 'no' to peace conference in Paris, favours 'direct' talks with Palestinians

© Ahmad Gharabli, AFP | Members of the Israeli security forces gather at the site where Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who attempted to stab a soldier near the West Bank settlement of Ofra on November 3.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-11-07

Israel on Monday reiterated its strong opposition to a French plan to hold international peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the end of the year, saying it preferred "direct negotiations" with the Palestinians.

"It was made clear to the French envoy that Israel will not participate in any international conference convened contrary to its position," said a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

France's special envoy for the talks, Pierre Vimont, is currently in the region for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Vimont met with Israel's acting national security adviser Jacob Nagel and diplomatic envoy Yitzhak Molcho in Jerusalem on Monday.

The Israeli officials called for "direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority", adding that "any other initiative only pushes the region further away from this process", Netanyahu's statement said.

"Promoting such a conference will make the possibility of advancing the peace process much less likely since it will allow [Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas] and the Palestinian Authority to continue avoiding the decision to enter into direct negotiations without preconditions."

Netanyahu has in the past spoken out against "international diktats" and repeatedly called for direct negotiations.

The Palestinians strongly support France's international approach, saying years of negotiations with the Israelis have not ended the occupation.

Peace efforts have been at a complete standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2016-11-07

  • FRANCE

    Diplomats try to revive Mideast peace process in Paris

    Read more

  • FRANCE - ISRAEL

    Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative after meeting with Valls

    Read more

  • France - Israel

    Paris Israeli-Palestinian peace conference postponed

    Read more

COMMENT(S)