Saturday, January 30, 2016

France Threatens Israel on a Two-State Solution; Will Recognize Palestinian State If No Agreement

France's foreign minister said yesterday that France will recognize a Palestinian state if a final push that Paris plans to lead for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians fails, the Reuters website reports today (January 30, 2016).

U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and since then there have been no serious efforts to resume talks. France's attempt to re-establish peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians appears to be a threat to Israel that it needs to agree to a two-state solution in the near future.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has repeatedly warned that letting the status quo continue risks killing off a two-state solution and playing into the hands of Islamic State (IS) militants.

"We cannot let the two-state solution disintegrate. It is our responsibility as a U.N. Security Council member and a power seeking peace," Fabius told an annual gathering of foreign diplomats.

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