Dozens of countries today (January 15, 2017) called on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward a long-lasting peace -- including an independent Palestinian state -- according to the Newsmax website.
The closing declaration at a Mideast peace conference in Paris urged both sides to "officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution."
The Palestinians welcomed today's declaration, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the conference "rigged" and cooked up behind Israel's back to force it to accept conditions against national interests.
However, French President Francois Hollande said, "Only direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can lead to peace. No one will do it in their place."