Just three days before foreign ministers from 70 different countries are set to descend upon Paris for a conference aimed at solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “there are more attempts to destroy any attempt at peace, and one of these attempts will be happening in Paris.”
“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances. This pushes peace backwards,” Netanyahu continued.
The prime minister then said that “(this conference) is not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past, it’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”
Netanyahu made these statements after a meeting with the Norwegian foreign minister.
Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande said that talks to discuss the Middle East peace process in Paris on Sunday do not aim to replace bilateral negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinian Authority.
Israel is worried that whatever text is passed during the conference will be then put to a vote at the UN Security Council during a meeting set to be held on the Middle East on December 17, two days after the conference.
After the US stated that they will veto any anti-Israel resolution, it seems like the French will try and make a proposal which will be signed by all of the members of the UN Security Council.
Therefore, the various countries who are set to participate in the conference are hurriedly putting together their closing statements, and getting their recommendations ready.
The Americans are working to add a provision to the working document which was originally written by the French side, and to delete a statement saying that both side should “disown officials who do not believe in a two state solution.”
Additionally, the US is trying to remove wording taken from UNSCR 2334 which termed Israeli construction in Judea-Samaria and east Jerusalem as illegal, specifically the sentence stating “there will be no recognition of the changes made in the area since 1967, including in Jerusalem.”
The US is also trying to scrap a clause which calls on the various countries to “differentiate between Israeli territory and occupied territory.”