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1/31/16

Israel - Netanyahu criticises French threat to recognise Palestinian state

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticised France's threat to recognise a Palestinian state if plans to renew peace efforts fail, arguing that it gives Paestinians no incentive to compromise.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday his country was working to quickly revive plans for an international conference to work toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Should efforts to breathe life into the moribund peace process fail, France would move to unilaterally recognize Palestine as a state, Fabius said.

"This will be an incentive for the Palestinians to come and not compromise," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Note EU-Digest: Good move by France but Palestine should also show proof of maturity and declare it distances itself from acts of terrorism by Hamas. 

Read more: Flash - Netanyahu criticises French threat to recognise Palestinian state - France 24

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