French FM set to meet with Netanyahu today amid tensions

PNN/ Jerusalem/

The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault is set to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the new peace initiative his country plans to launch at the end of this month.

The Palestinians already have announced their support for the internationalized French initiative, while the Israeli officials rejected it. France threatened to support the recognition of a Palestinian state should Israel refuse the initiative.

The visit comes on the day of the 68th Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) and one day following the Israeli independence day.

Also, it coincides with Netanyahu’s “harsh-worded” letter Netanyahu send to France’s Hollande regarding UNESCO resolition that France supported last month, which Netanyahu claims denies Israeli ties to the Al-Aqsa mosque, AKA the proclaimed Temple Mount.

The Paris-based UN cultural body had adopted the resolution on Occupied Palestine presented by several Arab countries in mid-April, referring several Israel as the “occupying power”.

Netanyahu sent a letter to Hollande saying:  “While we have no illusions regarding the United Nations’ commitment to truth or fairness, we were frankly shocked to witness our French friends raising their hands in favor of this disgraceful decision.”

“The international validation of Palestinian efforts to deny Jewish history and to perpetuate the myth of Israel’s aggression on the Temple Mount is not only immoral, it is also dangerous,” added Netanyahu.