Paris, Cairo and the Arab Peace Initiative

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Foreign ministers in Paris: Israelis, Palestinians must show ‘genuine commitment’ to peace – Barak Ravid – Haaretz 03.06.16
Summit participants agree to hold an international peace conference by the end of the year; French FM says a package of financial incentives and security guarantees will be presented to the sides at the conference; Israel says Paris summit will only push peace away. [Report includes full text of the Paris communiqué.]

Senior Egyptian official: Cairo isn’t promoting its own Israeli-Palestinian peace bid – Jack Khoury, Barak Ravid – Haaretz 03.06.16
An official tells Haaretz that Egypt supports the French peace initiative and there are no talks about an alternative effort.

Saudi foreign minister rejects Netanyahu’s demand to ‘update’ Arab Peace Initiative – Barak Ravid – Haaretz 03.06.16
[The Arab Peace Initiative originated as a Saudi plan, was adopted by the Arab League in 2002 and has been reaffirmed a number of times subsequently. All participating Arab nations would normalise relations with Israel if the two sides were to reach an agreement for the creation of a Palestinian nation along the 1967 borders with some land swaps, with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital and with a ‘just solution’ to the refugee issue.]

Netanyahu tries to turn Arab Peace Initiative on its head – Raphael Ahren – The Times of Israel 01.06.16
The Arab world has long conditioned normalized ties with Israel on a solution to the Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu appears to be trying to reverse the process.

Jewish Home vows no Palestinian state while it’s in government – The Times of Israel 31.05.16
As Netanyahu, Liberman voice support for Arab Peace Initiative, Shaked and Bennett say there will be no Palestinian state or settlement evacuations while they are in the government.

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