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  • Jerusalem International Book Fair (08-12.02.15)

    The French Embassy, the Institut Français d’Israël, and the Institut Français de Jérusalem are presenting a very rich program at the 27th edition of the Jerusalem International Book Fair that includes public discussions, the presentation of recent works, round tables, and meetings with French publishers and authors – among them Katherine Pancol, Geneviève Brisac, and Jean Mattern. More than 1,000 titles representative of contemporary French writing will be available to visitors.

  • Middle East peace process – Statement by Laurent Fabius (16.12.14)

    I reaffirmed France’s commitment in support of a Security Council initiative that will allow the adoption of parameters and a timetable for this negotiation. I also talked about the need to update the framework for these discussions in order to encourage the involvement of all international partners who want to work toward achieving this settlement.

  • Ceasefire in Gaza – Statement by Laurent Fabius (26.08.14)

    "France welcomes the fact that a ceasefire has come into force in Gaza. It urges the parties to respect it and to continue the discussions being conducted under Egypt’s auspices to achieve a lasting solution meeting the requirements for the lifting of the Gaza blockade and for Israel’s security."

  • Gaza – death of journalists (13.08.14)

    We were deeply saddened to learn of the accident that left five dead yesterday in Gaza, including the Italian journalist Simone Camilli of Associated Press and Ali Abou Afash, the fixer for Agence France Presse. We offer our deep solidarity to all of their loved ones and to their two agencies, Associated Press and Agence France Presse.

  • Gaza (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 07.08.14)

    France welcomes the truce that has been in effect in Gaza since Tuesday. It calls on the parties to do everything in their power to ensure that the negotiations led by Egypt swiftly lead to a lasting cease-fire. It stands ready to contribute to the arrangements that may exist under such an agreement.

  • Gaza - Statement by Laurent Fabius (04.08.14)

    "How many more deaths do there have to be for what must clearly be called the Gaza carnage to stop? Israel and France have a long-standing tradition of friendship and Israel has a complete right to security, but this right does not justify children being killed and civilians massacred. Hamas obviously bears overwhelming responsibility in this macabre downward spiral of violence, which above all serves the extremists, but this doesn’t justify, either, what the United Nations Secretary-General described as crimes."

  • Middle East – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (18-20.07.14)

    This visit was aimed at supporting all efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire. It is essential to put an end to the spiral of violence, support the implementation of a lasting truce and ensure the resumption of the negotiations to achieve a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Israel/ Palestine – Settlement activity (05.06.14)

    France condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision to issue calls for tender for the construction of almost 1,500 homes in the Israeli settlements of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Indeed, it reaffirms that settlement activity is illegal under international law and constitutes an obstacle to a just peace based on the two-state solution.

  • Formation of a Palestinian national unity government (02.06.14)

    The announcement of the formation of a Palestinian national unity government under the authority of President Abbas is the first step toward implementing the reconciliation agreement concluded on April 23. France is attached to the holding of legislative and presidential elections, in accordance with this agreement, throughout the Palestinian Territories.

  • Israel – Settlement activity (20.03.14)

    With respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the parties must refrain from any gesture that could constitute an obstacle to a just peace based on the two-state solution. With this in mind, France condemns the decision to issue permits for the construction of 186 homes in the Israeli settlements of Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev, in East Jerusalem.

  • Gaza – Violence (13.03.14)

    France condemns the attacks against Israeli civilian populations carried out yesterday by the Islamic Jihad movement from Gaza. It reaffirms its rejection of all forms of terrorism and its unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.

  • Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Palestinian counterpart (14.02.14)

    The minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed France’s support for the efforts to relaunch the peace process. He paid tribute to President Abbas’s determination to remain fully engaged in the negotiations and reaffirmed our constant position on settlement activity, which is illegal under international law.

  • Gaza – Violence (27.01.14)

    France is concerned at the increase in violence that has led to the death of civilians in recent weeks in the Gaza Strip.

  • Peace process – Settlement activity (14.01.14)

    France condemns the issuing by the Israeli authorities, on January 10, of invitations to tender for the construction of more than 1,800 homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, following the approval, on January 5, of the construction of new homes in the settlements of Ofra and Karnei Shomron (West Bank).

  • Peace process – Settlement activity (30.10.13)

    France fully supports the continuation of the negotiations under way and all gestures that could contribute to their success. In this respect, it welcomes the courageous decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, in accordance with the commitments made when the negotiations resumed.

  • Visit by Laurent Fabius to the Palestinian Territories and Israel (24-25.08.13)

    This visit will provide an opportunity for the minister to encourage his Palestinian and Israeli interlocutors to continue the direct peace negotiations that were resumed at the end of July. He will convey to them France’s determination to support these efforts and to encourage the conclusion of an agreement that will put an end to the conflict, in a climate of trust and dialogue.

  • Israel – Vandalism (22.08.13)

    During the night of August 19 to 20, a Molotov cocktail was thrown against one of the access gates to the Beit Jamal Monastery in Israel. France strongly condemns this act of vandalism which targeted a place of worship and peace. It expresses its wholehearted solidarity with the community of nuns. We are especially concerned by the steady increase in the number of acts of vandalism and intolerance against religious buildings.

  • Israeli-Palestinian peace process – Settlements (05.08.13)

    France deplores the inclusion of a large number of settlements on the list of communities eligible for priority aid, adopted on August 4 by the Israeli government. That figure has increased since the last such list was published in 2009, and includes isolated settlements on the West Bank that are particularly likely to undermine a future peace process.

  • Israel – Formation of a new government (19.03.13)

    We expect the new government to make the restoration of a climate of trust with the Palestinian Authority and the resumption of the peace process a priority in order to achieve a two-State solution as swiftly as possible.

  • Israel – Situation of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike (18.02.13)

    For humanitarian reasons, we call on the Israeli authorities to be sensitive to the risk of a tragic outcome and to take the appropriate measures as a matter of urgency. Several times, both nationally and with our European partners, we have called on the Israeli authorities to respect their international obligations vis-à-vis Palestinian prisoners. We are continuing to do so.

  • Israel – Settlement activity (14.02.13)

    France condemns the Israeli government’s decision to approve the construction of 90 new homes in the settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning of 346 housing units initiated in settlements to the south of Bethlehem.



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