Israel / Palestinian territories
Israel/Palestine: 10 keys to understand France’s position
France considers that the conflict can only be resolved by the creation of an independent, viable and democratic Palestinian State living in peace and security alongside Israel
Israel – Attack in Tel Aviv (21.01.15)
France condemns this morning’s attack in Tel Aviv, which left many injured. We assure the Israeli people and authorities of our solidarity.
Security Council – Palestinian draft resolution – Explanation of vote by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations (30.12.14)
France is determined to help a method emerge that provides greater support for negotiations by the concerned international partners – i.e., the European Union, the Arab League and the permanent members of this Council – along with and in support of the major role played by Washington.
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.
Middle East – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and the secretary general of the Arab League (16.12.14)
This meeting is part of France’s efforts to relaunch, on a credible basis and as swiftly as possible, the peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Arab League is a key partner. We are working in close coordination in order to restore a climate of trust and to offer the parties a concrete political horizon.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Death of Ziad Abu Ein (10.12.14)
France condemns the violence that led to the death of Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian official and former Deputy Minister for Prisoner Affairs, during a peaceful demonstration on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Turmus Aya.
Israel/Palestinian Territories - Recognition of the State of Palestine - Debate in the National Assembly – Speech by Laurent Fabius (28.11.14)
Such a debate, followed by a ballot, is unusual: recognizing a state is actually a prerogative of the government, and it’s rare for such an issue to be referred to Parliament. But the situation itself is exceptional: the interminable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, France’s commitment to both peoples and our country’s desire to see peace finally established there explain your shared determination – albeit manifested in a variety of stances – to contribute to a political solution.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Settlement activity (13.11.14)
The Israeli authorities’ decision to approve the construction of 200 new homes in the settlement of Ramot (East Jerusalem) poses, once again, a direct threat to the two-state solution.
Jerusalem – Terrorist attack (05.11.14)
We extend our condolences to the victim’s family and assure the injured and their families of our solidarity.
Israel – Settlement activity (29.10.14)
France condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision to start the planning process for more than 1,000 new homes in East Jerusalem.
France condemns the criminal act that killed a child and injured several people in Jerusalem (22.10.14)
France condemns the criminal act that killed a child and injured several people on October 22 in Jerusalem. It extends its condolences to the victim’s family and assures the injured of its solidarity.
Gaza – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the donors’ conference (12.10.14)
During this conference, the international community will express its solidarity with the population of Gaza and its support for reconstruction and development.
Israel/Palestinian Territories - Confiscation of land in the West Bank (01.09.14)
France condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision to confiscate 400 hectares of land in Bethlehem Governorate (West Bank) for the benefit of the neighbouring settlement of Gvaot, and it calls on those authorities to go back on their decision.
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.
Peace process - Joint statement by Laurent Fabius, Philippe Hammond et Frank-Walter Steinmeier (09.08.14)
Joint statement by Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France, Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany
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/ Palestinian Territories – Statement by Laurent Fabius (02.07.14)
"I wish to express my horror at the murder of a young Palestinian kidnapped in East Jerusalem. I extend my sincere condolences to his family. The perpetrators of this crime must be identified and brought to justice."
Israel – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Israeli counterpart (26.06.14)
The two ministers discussed the current situation in the Palestinian Territories, regional issues as well as our bilateral relations.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories - Statement by Laurent Fabius (24.06.14)
I strongly deplore the incidents that led to the death of two young Palestinians in the West Bank on June 22 in the context of the operations launched following the unacceptable kidnapping of three young Israelis. These Israelis must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories - Statement by Laurent Fabius (17.06.14)
"I condemn the kidnapping in the West Bank of three young Israelis and share the concern of the families and the Israeli authorities. I call for their immediate release. Everything must be done to achieve that goal."
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 (21.03.14)
France is deeply concerned by the announcement on March 20 of the construction of more than two thousand new homes in the West Bank.
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.
Israel – Violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against members of the press (07.03.14)
France condemns the attack perpetrated by Israeli settlers on March 7 in the West Bank against an Agence France-Presse photographer while he was carrying out his work.
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.
Mission of the ambassador for human rights to Israel and the Palestinian Territories (27-30.01.14)
Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, Ambassador for Human Rights, notably responsible for the international dimension of the Holocaust, spoliations and the duty to remember, attended the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on January 27 in Israel.
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.
European Union – Israel (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 19.07.13)
"On Wednesday, the Commission published guidelines in the Official Journal of the European Union on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 for grants, awards and instruments financed by the EU."
Israel – Approval of the construction of 69 new homes in the settlement of Har Homa (27.06.13)
France condemns the authorization granted by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem of building permits for 69 new homes in the settlement of Har Homa. This decision is illegal under international law; it undermines trust and jeopardizes the prospect of finding a just and lasting solution to the conflict.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories - Settlements (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 10.06.13)
Our position on settlement activity is well known: we believe that it is illegal under international law, that it undermines the trust necessary for the resumption of dialogue and that it constitutes an obstacle to a just peace based on the two-state solution.
Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Settlement activity (10.05.13)
France condemns the Israeli government’s approval of the program to build 296 new homes in the settlement of Beit El in the West Bank.
Firing of rockets on southern Israel (19.04.13)
France strongly condemns the firing of rockets in recent days against the population of southern Israel. It calls for the respect of the ceasefire agreed upon at the end of November.
Palestinian Territories – Resignation of Mr. Salam Fayyad (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 15.04.13)
"At a time when efforts to relaunch the peace process are being stepped up, France would like the Palestinians to find ways to resolve their internal differences and to give priority to the path toward stability and unity. "
Gaza - Attacks on UNRWA headquarters (08.04.13)
France condemns the unacceptable attacks on the headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza.
Firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel (21.03.13)
France condemns the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel today. It reaffirms its attachment to the observance of the ceasefire agreement reached at the end of November.
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.
Israeli – Construction of new homes in the West Bank (16.01.13)
France condemns the issuing by the Israeli government of invitations to tender for the construction of 198 new homes in two settlements in the southern West Bank.
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- Peace Process
- Israel/Palestine: 10 keys to understand France’s position
- Middle East peace process – Statement by Laurent Fabius (16.12.14)
- Middle East - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Shimon Peres (16.12.14)
- Middle East – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and the secretary general of the Arab League (16.12.14)
- Peace process - Joint statement by Laurent Fabius, Philippe Hammond et Frank-Walter Steinmeier (09.08.14)
- Israel – Settlement activity (21.03.14)
- Israel – Settlement activity (20.03.14)
- Peace process – Settlement activity (14.01.14)
- Peace process – Settlement activity (30.10.13)
- Middle East peace process - (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 20.09.12)
- Middle East peace process - (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 02.07.12)
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