In an attempt to reach peace in the Middle East, France is hosting an international summit, including participation from U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. However, writes The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon, neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority will be in attendance:
French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to kick off an international conference on the Middle East in Paris Friday morning with the participation of 26 countries and international organizations, but not Israel nor the Palestinian Authority.
Israel has come out adamantly against the summit, with Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold saying on Thursday that it will fail. The Palestinian Authority has warmly welcomed the conference.
Among the participants will be US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, and representatives from the Arab League. Although Russia, Germany, Britain and Japan will be among the 26 representations at the conference, they will not be represented by their foreign ministers.
Following an opening statement by Hollande, each representative is expected to make a statement on the primacy of Middle East peace and the importance of retaining the possibility of the two state solution...