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Israel hint talks with Palestinians as France warn to consider recognition of Palestinian state

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(Paris -AlummahWorld, Rabi`II 21, 1437, January 31, 2016) Israel hinted peace talks with Palestinian after announcement of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that the France will recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at an international conference fail.

Foreign Minister Fabius told French diplomats on Friday that the conference will aim to bring together the two parties and their American, European and Arab partners in order “to make happen a two-state solution.” If this attempt faces a deadlock, Fabuis said, France will have to recognize a Palestinian state.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) welcomed calls made by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius regarding a new peace initiative to end the ongoing Israeli military occupation, the failure of which would result in France's recognition of Palestine.

“We welcome the call made by France for an inclusive and serious international involvement towards ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement, calling on the international community to participate in France’s efforts.

Meanwhile, Israel rejected Friday a new peace bid by France to revive the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a report from the Israeli media.

But on Saturday, an Israeli government official reportedly said that the Israel would consider a French invitation to peace talks with the Palestinians, but believes France has made a mistake by saying it will recognise a Palestinian state if the talks fail.

"A sense of isolation in international diplomatic channels for Jerusalem is imminent as Israel has now no choice but to accept French invitation or loose any French support" A middle eastern expert on Palestine told AlummahWorld.

Notably in December 2014, the French National Assembly and Senate voted in favor of a non-binding recognition of a Palestinian state.

In 2014 and 2015, Fabius pushed a UN resolution that laid out parameters for peace talks that failed after Palestinian leadership disagreed with the resolution's final amendments and the US and Israel pressured France to halt its efforts.

The UN resolution proposed by Fabius was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who in June of 2015 said: "The only way to reach an agreement is through bilateral negotiations, and we will forcibly reject any attempts to force upon us international dictates.”

Diplomatic and political pressure is mounting on Israel and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop illegal settlements in occupied lands of Palestinians. Strongest ally of Israel, the United States also urging Netanyahu to stop illegal settlements.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon harshly criticized Israel for stifling occupation of Palestinian territories. “After nearly 50 years of occupation - after decades of waiting for the fulfilment of the Oslo promises - Palestinians are losing hope,” Ban told a U.N. committee on Palestinian rights.

It is expected that a number of European countries will recognize Palestinian state as soon as France declared an official recognition of Palestine.

Severe violations of basic human rights, blockade of Gaza for several years by Israel and extrajudicial killing of Palestinian youth, children and students by Israeli forces in occupied territories mounted international condemnation of Israel and Israeli prime minister Netanyahu.