Israel: French threat to recognize ‘Palestine’ if talks fail encourages deadlock

The French warning to recognize Palestine as a state if a new multilateral diplomatic push to resolve the conflict fails, gives Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an excuse not to negotiate with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli officials said.

“It’s an erroneous approach,” they said.

The officials spoke in response to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’s announcement on Friday that France hopes to organize an international peace summit that would be attended by Israelis and Palestinians, as well as other international actors like the United States, European Union and Arab countries.


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