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Paris peace conference agrees on two-state solution in Mideast — but neither Israel nor Palestinians take part

Paris peace conference agrees on two-state solution in Mideast — but neither Israel nor Palestinians take part

A conference aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians concluded Sunday with more than 70 countries and international organizations pledging their support for a two-state solution as the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region. 

However, neither Israel nor the Palestinians were represented at the conference in Paris, raising questions about its ultimate value. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had welcomed the event, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded it futile.

The final statement at the conference called on Israel to withdraw to its 1967 borders, as required by United Nations...

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