Netanyahu says France providing disincentive for Palestinians to negotiate

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects that there will be some “sobering up” regarding the recently expressed French intention to recognize a Palestinian state if Paris’ efforts to broker a peace conference fails.

Netanyahu, speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, referenced the initiative put forward Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and underlined that the French call for an international conference included a threat at the end: “that if it does not succeed then France will essentially adopt to a large degree the Palestinian position.”

Netanyahu said this “gives an incentive to the Palestinians not to come to the negotiations and not to compromise.”


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