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A new chance for Mideast peace? French foreign minister has a plan

A new chance for Mideast peace? French foreign minister has a plan

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius held meetings in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Sunday to explain the outlines of a possible proposal to the United Nations to restart peace negotiations. France is reportedly drafting a resolution that would set an 18-month timetable for Israelis and Palestinians to agree on a two-state solution. It would call for recognition of Palestinian statehood if the talks do not bear fruit. Israel rejects the move as an external dictate to impose a solution that does not meet its security needs. At the beginning of a meeting with Fabius in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that peace would only come from direct negotiations with no...

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