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Published on 24 May 2016

Palestinians reject Netanyahu’s call for direct Paris talks

Netanyahu has opposed the two-part French initiative, which he believes will simply dictate the outcome of the process and gives the Palestinians an excuse to avoid direct talks on a two-state solution.

During his Monday meeting with Valls, Netanyahu urged his French counterpart to amend the initiative so that it instead becomes a platform for him and Abbas to hold talks in Paris without preconditions

Published in the Jerusalem Post May 24, 2016
 
“Direct negotiations with Mr. Netanyahu in the past have proven to be fruitless; why repeat the same mistakes?" said Jamal Dajani, the director of communications for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
 
“Actions speak louder than words," Dajani said. "Mr. Netanyahu's actions have shown that he's more interested in building illegal settlements than in reaching peace.”
 
He spoke in advance of Hamdallah’s scheduled meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday morning with visiting French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is wrapping up a three-day trip to Israeli and the Palestinian territories.
 
Valls' trip has focused on promoting economic ties with both governments as well as continued briefings about the new peace initiative his country is set to launch on June 3 in hopes of jumpstarting Israeli-Palestinian talks, which have been frozen since April 2014.
 
Representatives from over 20 countries are set to gather in Paris on June 3 to plan for a large peace conference in the fall that would set the parameters for the renewal of talks to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israelis and Palestinians are not invited to that initial meeting.
 
Netanyahu has opposed the two-part French initiative, which he believes will simply dictate the outcome of the process and gives the Palestinians an excuse to avoid direct talks on a two-state solution.
 
During his Monday meeting with Valls, Netanyahu urged his French counterpart to amend the initiative so that it instead becomes a platform for him and Abbas to hold talks in Paris without preconditions.
 
“I'm ready to clear my schedule and fly to Paris tomorrow,” Netanyahu said, adding, “I will clear my calendar, and I hope that this is taken up by you and by the Palestinians”... Read more.

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