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PM says French peace initiative ‘mystifying’

Netanyahu says the French peace initiative is “mystifying.”

“It ensures, in advance, that the conference will fail,” says the prime minister.

France has said that if a new round of peace talks failed to yield results, it would unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state.

“There is [only] one way to advance peace: Direct negotiations without preconditions. Anyone who does otherwise will not advance successful negotiations,” Netanyahu says.

Merkel reiterates her commitment to the two-state solution, but says “perhaps now is not the time for major steps, but for little improvements of the situation.”

Raphael Ahren

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