France steps gingerly into Israel-Palestinian peace void

French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on June 3, 2016 for talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflictThe international community committed Friday to try and push Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks under a French-led initiative, despite a decidedly lukewarm reaction from Washington and hostility from Israel. Neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives attended the talks in the French capital aimed at laying the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year. The Palestinians hailed the Paris meeting as a “very significant step” toward peace that sent a clear message to Israel about its ongoing occupation of lands they want for a future state.

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