Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet Sunday that Israel was weighing the French proposal of an international peace conference in July in Paris, but that Israel would not engage with a Palestinian Authority that includes Hamas.
"I listened to the proposal brought from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe," Netanyahu said of the meeting he had with Juppe on Thursday. "We appreciate a great deal our French friends, and I will answer them after we consider matters. We will study this proposal and discuss it with our friends in the US. The Americans also want to promote initiatives, and we also have ideas of our own."Netanyahu said that his government would consider how the French proposal fits in with others, and that it was clear that since not all of them could be implemented, it was best to focus on one idea and promote it.