Israel is still responding angrily to France’s proposal yesterday to call an international peace conference with Israel and the Palestinians and to unilaterally recognize the state of “Palestine,” should the conference fail to bring peace.
Political officials told that they wonder “whether France will propose an international conference with ISIS, after it armed and spread terror in France?”
Another official explained that “The French proposal effectively gives the Palestinians an excuse to blow up the talks and still get all they want without negotiating at all.”
He added: “This is a mistaken approach. Why should the Palestinians give up something as part of the conference, when they already know that they will get what they wanted from the beginning if no progress is made? If and when we get an invitation to the conference, we will consider whether we want to treat it with the necessary seriousness.”
The US has also questioned the proposal. A senior official in the State Department said, “America’s official and clear stance is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved through direct negotiations between them, and not by unilateral steps.”
He added that the US will continue its attempts to seek a two-state solution, though he noted that the US will not be pushing to renew the process at this time.