- France Sends Top Envoy to Push Restarting Israel-Palestinian Talks
by RAOUL WOOTLIFF, https://www.timesofisrael.com/, 31 Oct 2018
National security adviser reportedly meets with Israeli, Palestinian officials to discuss including Mideast conflict in Paris Peace Forum agenda next month
France’s President Emmanuel Macron sent one of his closest advisers on a trip to Israel this week to discuss with Israeli and Palestinian officials the possibility of restarting peace negotiations between the two sides, Chanel 10 news reports.
The French National Security Adviser reportedly met with high-level Israeli and Palestinian officials to discus with them the possibility of including the Israel-Palestinian issue on the agenda of the Paris Peace Forum, which will take place on November 11 and is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump.
If Trump does not present his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month, France’s Macron will issue a proposal of his own, a senior Israeli diplomat reportedly tells Knesset members at a closed-door briefing last week.
Alon Ushpiz, the Foreign Ministry’s political director, testified to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that France is waiting until the November 6 midterm elections in the US, but that if Trump does not present his long-awaited plan in the first few weeks after that vote, Macron will publicize his own formula, TV news reports said at the time.