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  • 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.

  • Summoning of the Israeli ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (03.12.12)

    The minister’s cabinet director summoned the Israeli ambassador in Paris today. In line with the minister’s statement on December 1, he expressed to him France’s very serious concern following the Israeli government’s decision to authorize the construction of 3,000 settlement homes. This decision relaunches the settlement planning process in the so-called E1 area in the West Bank, to the east of Jerusalem.

  • Recognition of Palestine as non-member state observer at the UN (29.11.12)

    "By voting today to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state within this organization, France has voted for the two-State solution – two States for two peoples, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within secure and internationally recognized borders; a solution it advocated before the rest of the international community came on board; a solution that is now jeopardized by the deadlock in the peace process."

  • Israel - SItuation in Gaza (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 16.11.12)

    France has issued very clear statements about the situation in Gaza, notably through Laurent Fabius yesterday. These statements express - to echo what the minister said – our grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation and also urge the parties to demonstrate restraint and calm and to refrain from any escalation of violence.

  • Israel - Gaza (14.11.12)

    France is extremely concerned at the deterioration in the situation in Gaza and in southern Israel.

    It urges the parties to refrain from any escalation of violence, for which the Israeli and Palestinian civilian populations would inevitably pay the price.

  • Payment of €200,000 by France for the restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (18.10.12)

    On October 17 in Ramallah, the Consul General of France in Jerusalem, Frédéric Desagneaux, signed, together with President Abbas’s adviser on Christian affairs, Ziad Al-Bandak, a budgetary aid agreement under which France will contribute €200,000 to the restoration of the Church of the Nativity. To that end, the Palestinian Authority has also created a fund in which it has invested $1 million.

    This contribution will be used to finance the restoration of the roof of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June. It reflects France’s desire to support the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to preserve Palestinian and world historical heritage.

    It also reflects the French Republic’s special historical responsibility with respect to Christian churches and communities in the Holy Land.

  • Vandalism of the Saint George Church in Jerusalem (10.10.12)

    France strongly condemns these acts and expresses its solidarity with the Christian communities that have been targeted. We are particularly concerned by the steady upsurge in vandalism and acts of intolerance against religious structures.

  • Latrun Abbey – Act of vandalism (04.09.12)

    France strongly condemns this act of vandalism directed at a place of worship and peace. It expresses its wholehearted solidarity with the community of monks. The Cistercian Abbey of Latrun is a religious community protected by France under the so-called Chauvel-Fischer agreements concluded with the State of Israel.

  • Increase in tensions in Gaza and southern Israel (18.06.12)

    France is extremely concerned by the violence that has taken place in recent days in Gaza and southern Israel. It strongly condemns the firing of rockets on Israeli territory, as well as the terrorist attack which killed an Israeli civilian.

  • Israel – Announcement of new settlement activity (07.06.12)

    We urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from implementing these announcements. We reaffirm that settlement activity is illegal under international law, undermines, on the ground, the foundations of the two-State solution and constitutes an obstacle to peace.

  • Firing of rockets on southern Israel (10.05.12)

    These rocket attacks are unacceptable. France calls for the respect of the ceasefire around Gaza, in accordance with UNSCR 1860, as well as for the utmost restraint in order to avoid any risk of escalation.

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