Jerusalem, Jan 16 (IANS) The Prime Minister of Israel criticized the international peace conference taking place in Paris in support of the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, describing it as “useless”.
Benjamin Netanyahu again slammed the Paris talks on Sunday, in which representatives from 70 countries are slated to approach the complex conflict that has engulfed the Middle East for the past seven decades, Efe news reports.
“The conference is being coordinated between the French and the Palestinians. Its goal is to try and force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs,” the Jewish leader said during his weekly cabinet meeting.
“It is a useless conference,” he added.
Netanyahu went on to say that the summit was “among the last twitches of yesterday’s world”.
The experienced right-wing politician claimed the Paris talks would push peace further away “because it hardens the Palestinian positions and it also pushes them away from direct negotiations without preconditions”.
Israel has declined to participate in the conference and has said it would not feel bound by any decision adopted in Paris.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Israeli Prime Minister that the ongoing Paris peace conference would not have irreversible consequences for Israel.
Kerry phoned Benjamin Netanyahu to assure him that the talks, organised by France, would not lead to a United Nations resolution condemning Israel or to any kind of sanction.