Israel tells France it’s not interested in multilateral peace talks

May 15, 2016 8:14 PM

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JERUSALEM — French officials said Sunday they will continue to press ahead with plans to host a multilateral Middle East peace conference later this year, despite hearing, in blunt language, that Israel doesn’t really like the idea.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to promote what diplomats are calling the “French Initiative,” a still evolving and admittedly vague diplomatic project that seeks to bring global attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and find cons...

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