President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed the ‘ideas’ brought on by the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius aimed at rebooting the peace talks, WAFA news agency reports Monday.
Abbas met with the FM in Jerusalem Sunday in a push to revive the negotiations. Fabius proposed to promote a United Nations Security Council resolution attempting to resolve the conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the French proposal, saying that the initiative was ‘international dictates’ [that would hurt Israel’s security], WAFA reports.
Newspapers quoted Fabius warning about a regional ‘volatile situation’ and an ‘outbreak of violence’ and affirming the need for a UN Security Council resolution.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was reported in al-Ayyam newspaper as slamming the French initiative as ‘counterproductive’.
“We are committed to ideas that will launch the peace process” Abbas was quoted as saying by the Ma’an news agency.
Fabius’ visit comes after the collapse of negotiations between the executive committee of the PA on creating a new unity government.
According to Al-Resalah news outlet, Fabius visited Cairo the day before where he had warned against Israel’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian lands, saying “the prospect of a solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will recede if Israel continues illegal land grab in the occupied Palestinian territories.’