Paris Peace Conference: Wrong Message, Wrong Time, Wrong Place

(Ynet News) Ron Prosor - The Paris conference on Sunday won't change anything on the ground. All it will do is raise Palestinian expectations, which will only increase their frustration and violence. When will the international community finally realize that granting the Palestinians unilateral achievements, time and again, is simply the wrong way? International conferences are intended to serve as an envelope in which the sides work to reach an agreement while they hold direct negotiations. That's the way it was in Madrid, Oslo and Camp David. Of course the conference will not deal with the real obstacles to peace, like the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. There is no doubt that the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has to be restarted, yet the form should be through a regional conference in a "2+6" format - in the presence of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Israel and the Palestinians, brokered by the U.S. and Russia. The writer, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, holds the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

2017-01-16 00:00:00

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