’Sticking to government line, Dore Gold says only way to resolve conflict is via direct talks with the Palestinians, and without preconditions
BY AFP AND RAPHAEL AHREN
The director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that France’s bid to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks, beginning with a one-day summit in Paris on Friday, was doomed, and compared it to a 1916 colonial effort to carve up the Middle East.
“This effort utterly failed then and will completely fail today,” Dore Gold told journalists in Jerusalem, referring to the Sykes-Picot agreement to draw up the region’s borders.
“The only way to get a stable regional arrangement that will allow us to create real peace in the Middle East is if the parties of the region come to understandings between them,” Gold said.
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