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Bibi Blasts Paris Summit: Peace Cannot Be Coerced

PM Netanyahu, May 2016 (Photo: twitter/israelipm)

As we told you this morning, France is hosting an international peace summit - a conference that is not including Israel. Israel Hayom reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against the event, saying that peace will never be reached by international committees or the radicalization of Palestinian demands:

Ahead of the French peace summit meant to address the stalemate in talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Wednesday that peace cannot be coerced and that the conference may actually harm future prospects for peace.

"If the countries gathering this week in Paris really want to advance peace, they must join my call to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] to enter into direct negotiations," Netanyahu said Wednesday at the graduation ceremony of Bar-Ilan University's faculty of medicine in Safed.

"That is the only path to peace -- there is no other," he said. "The path to peace does not pass though international committees that are trying to coerce an agreement, radicalize Palestinian demands and in doing so, distance peace."

The prime minister insisted that Israel will continue to seek peace, even with the help of other regional players.

"The path to peace passes through direct negotiations between the two sides, without preconditions," he said. "That is how it was in the past when we made peace with Egypt and with Jordan, and that is how it must be with the Palestinians. We will not stop looking for paths to peace."

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