Paris Peace Conference to take place Sunday afternoon; UN Security Council to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday; Abbas “take concrete measures in order to implement international law and UN resolutions”
Representatives from over 70 states, including over 40 foreign ministers, will meet in Paris Sunday afternoon to participate in the Middle East Peace Conference centered on a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
Neither Israel nor representatives from the Palestinian Authority are attending the event, Palestinian officials supporting and praising the conference with Israel rejecting and refusing to participate in the event.
According to a draft report released last week, several states intend to officially request that both Israel and the Palestinians resume their commitment and negotiations towards a two-state solution. Participating states will give their suggestions for a two-state solution with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to present all the statements and agreements at the end of the conference.
The United Nations Security Council is also scheduled to meet two days following the conference to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in relation to the recent passing of Resolution 2334. The resolution is the Security Council’s “reaffirmed… that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.”
The Paris conference also falls just five days before President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office, with the fear that the United Nations will continue with its anti-Israel agenda and place legal obligation on decisions made during the Paris conference on both the State of Israel and as a result the Trump Administration.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the conference, referring to it as an effort rendering peace. He stated that “We’re all faced here with a great challenge against the forces of terrorism that not only seek to destroy Israel but seek, of course, to render any possibility of peace totally hopeless. There are other such efforts that render peace hopeless, and one of them is the Paris conference. It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances. This pushes peace backward. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in…We will be there, but we will make sure that there is a nuanced outcome, and I’m looking forward also to discuss future peace processes with you.”
Israel has been clear that it will not enter negotiations with the Palestinians unless they are bilateral and with no preconditions.
On Saturday evening, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on states participating in the conference to push for more UN resolutions. He stated ““We [Palestinian Authority] call upon the participants to take concrete measures in order to implement international law and UN resolutions. It is long overdue for the Palestinian people to exercise their basic right to live in freedom and dignity.”