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Bibi: Peace Requires Palestinian Recognition of Jewish State

PM Netanyahu with French FM, May 15, 2016 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

This weekend, the French foreign minister traveled to Israel to apologize for an anti-Israel resolution. During the meeting, Israel Hayom reports that PM Netanyahu reiterated that peace between Israel and the Palestinians will only come with complete recognition of the Jewish state:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday, as France continues to push ahead with an initiative to hold an international peace conference in Paris later this month in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"This morning, I met with the foreign minister of France," Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting. "I told him that the scandalous decision passed by UNESCO with French support that did not recognize the millenia-old connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount casts a shadow on the fairness of any forum France tries to bring together. He told me that the decision stemmed from a misunderstanding and that he would personally ensure that it would not recur.

"I told him that the only way to advance true peace between us and the Palestinians is via direct negotiations between us and them, without preconditions. Historical experience shows that is how we achieved peace with Egypt and that is how we achieved peace with Jordan. Any other method only pushes peace further away and gives the Palestinians an escape hatch to avoid dealing with the root of the conflict -- which is their non-recognition of the State of Israel. They simply avoid negotiating with us, due to their wish to avoid [recognizing Israel as the national home of the Jewish people]."

Meanwhile, France has backtracked from the UNESCO decision approved last month which referred to the Temple Mount exclusively as "Al-Aqsa mosque," thereby ignoring the Jewish connection to the site.

Although France's representative to the U.N. voted in favor of the resolution, French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have since apologized and condemned the resolution, calling it "unfortunate..."

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