Netanyahu to meet Kerry next week to discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry are to meet next week in Europe to urgently discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
The statesmen reportedly spoke by telephone on Wednesday and decided to meet. Channel 2 speculated that Israel had requested the meeting in light of its failure to halt the international conference initiated by France and set for this summer.
The meeting will likely entail discussion of alternative ways to restart negotiations, Channel 2 said, which may well center on a framework that former UK prime minister Tony Blair is attempting to create with Arab countries, particularly Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The multilateral French peace initiative held its first meeting earlier this month with representatives from 28 countries, the Arab League, European Union and United Nations discussing ways in which the international community could “help advance the prospects for peace, including by providing meaningful incentives to the parties to make peace.”
Israel has said it believes the initiative is doomed to failure, and although Kerry attended the conference, Washington has also made it clear it thinks little or nothing will be achieved.
Neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives were invited to the talks in the French capital which were aimed at laying the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.