PM challenges Hollande: Host peace talks with Palestinians

In Paris, Netanyahu and French president discuss peace process, Iranian threat, Mideast; Hollande portrays himself as peacemaker for Palestinians, Israelis, demands concrete acts by Iran to combat alleged nuclear drive.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 31, 2012 16:02
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PM Netanyahu and French President Hollande

PM Netanyahu and French President Hollande 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday challenged French President François Hollande to arrange peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.


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Netanyahu will travel to Toulouse with Hollande.

This will be Netanyahu’s first serious meeting with Hollande, whom he met once only briefly in 2003.

The two have, however, held a number of telephone calls since Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in French elections earlier this year. In an interview with Netanyahu said he will be looking to discuss “concrete steps to intensify the sanctions against Iran,” as well as the “convulsions in the region” and terrorism.

“I think we must do more together to fight terrorism,” he said. “One mustn’t reduce this to a matter of religion. This is a fight between moderates that want modernity and others, radicals, who by force would like to force values on us and take us back to past times that were more unhappy.”

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.


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