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France says delay in Israel-Palestinian talks helps hardliners
Published Wednesday 12/12/2012 (updated) 13/12/2012 13:48
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A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim is seen
near Jerusalem December 4, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) -- Israelis and Palestinians must restart peace talks quickly otherwise hardliners on both sides of the conflict will take advantage, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Minister Laurent Fabius also said it was imperative that France, Britain and the United States became more directly involved in peace negotiations.

"It won't resolve itself," he said.

Talks towards ending the decades-old conflict and creating an independent Palestinian state have been stalled for more than two years over the issue of Israeli settlements in occupied territory.

France, a UN Security Council member, voted in favor of an upgrade of Palestine's United Nations status last month and has been critical of a new Israeli settlement-building drive.

Israel holds a general election in January.

"After (the poll) we have to move quickly toward negotiations because, sooner or later, this will benefit the extremists on both sides," Fabius told reporters before a conference on Syria in Morocco.

Paris will also host a donors' conference early next year to raise funds for the government of President Mahmoud Abbas, Fabius said.

The move is likely to irritate Israel, which is withholding tax revenues due to be transferred to Abbas's government until March at least in retaliation for his UN statehood campaign.

Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, money that is badly needed to pay public sector salaries.
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/12/2012 16:12
That's nauseating coming from France which is supporting SNCoalition,"hard-line"al-Qaeda & other Salafist/Wahhabi terrorists,as US/EU's PROXY FORCE in Syria,to DESTROY the main economic/industrial areas of Syria(&Russian deals),if not the WHOLE infrastructure of Syria,if Shia Alawites don't surrender to foreign control,leaving Syria(like oil/gas Iraq/Libya)as another tribal/civil dust-bucket,with all ARAB RESOURCES,pipeline regions,secured by EU,USG&Qatari hardline capitalists,answering 2 D.C!

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
12/12/2012 17:23
It's already benefitting Israeli extremists such as Nutt-anyahu & Liberman that's why they are not listening what the world just said at UNGA

3 ) Pravda / US
13/12/2012 07:49
All Arabs are hard-liners. Any Israeli, except Arab-lovers (i.e. left-wingers) can tell you that. The "moderate" Arabs are silent and in hiding from their blood-thirsty neighbors. Anyone wants to be dragged by motorcycles through the streets? Israelis know that there will be a Palestinian state in 10-20 years, probably in combination with Jordan which is 90% Palestinian already. But first, we need to convince the Arabs to negotiate with Jews instead of lying to wealthy Arabs and European fools.

4 ) Outsider / EU
13/12/2012 14:44
3) That's not difficult then. Abbas has said he's ready to talk during a settlement freeze.
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