France handed over to the UN security Council document about the proposed meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives as part of the attempt to break the impasse in the peace process in the middle East conflict.
According to the Second channel ITV, the French government intends to arrange such a meeting in July of 2016.
France also intends first to a preparatory meeting without the participation of representatives of Israel and the PA, but with representatives of the Quartet of sponsors of the peace process (UN, EU, US and Russia) and the Arab States. These negotiations will take place in April. Three months will be the Palestine-Israeli peace talks, according to the plan of Paris.
The Israeli government did not reject the French initiative, but sharply criticized the statement by France that, in case of failure of the July round of negotiations, Paris is going to recognize the «state of Palestine». Such a position plays into the hands of the Palestinian leadership, not wanting to go on any concessions to Israel.
The representatives of the PLO, by contrast, welcomed the threat of Paris. Saeb Erekat heading the Palestinian delegation at the negotiations on the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, supported the call by France for international intervention to «end Israeli occupation» and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders.
We will remind, on Tuesday, February 16, the Ambassador of France in Israel, Patrick Mezonov met with representatives of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and gave them the initiative to convene an international conference on the Middle East.
For the first time the initiative was voiced by the former French foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. According to his suggestion, the conference will bring together not only Israil and the PNA, but also the USA, several European and Arab countries. Fabius warned that if the initiative does not succeed, France unilaterally recognized the independence of the Palestinian state. Sources in the Israeli government explained that they do not refuse in advance of the French peace initiative, and willing to listen to offers Paris.