In a speech Wednesday at the European Parliament in Brussels, President Reuven Rivlin called on European countries to invest their efforts to establish trust between Israel and Palestinian, instead of attempts to force a diplomatic settlement. "The French Initiative adopted only a few days ago suffers from fundamental flaws," Rivlin said. "The attempt to return to negotiations not only will it not bring us closer to a solution, it distances us. The undermining push for a permanent solution is a chronicle of failure foretold form the start, that only pushes the two nations deeper into the fold of despair," he continued. The President stated that the three main reasons the deal wouldn't work were the split between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza working for the destruction of Israel, the sever economic distress undermining stability and fueling violence and the lack of total faith at all levels between the two parties.