Middle East peace process– Q&A – Excerpts from the daily press briefing (07.11.16)

Q - Will the conference to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process be held in December as planned?

A - As President Hollande said during his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 20, our goal is to hold an international conference by the end of the year to help restart the Middle East peace process.

We are working closely with our partners, and in conjunction with the parties, to that end. The foreign minister’s special envoy, Pierre Vimont, is in fact visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories right now.

Q - What is your response to the announcement that a building permit was approved for the Gilo settlement in East Jerusalem?

France condemns the approval, on November 2, of the permit to build 181 homes in the Gilo settlement in East Jerusalem. This decision comes amid a troubling acceleration of settlement activity in recent months.

Settlements are illegal under international law and seriously undermine peace efforts by lessening prospects for a two-state solution, the only possible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.