French Prime Minister Manuel Valls began a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Saturday in support of France’s peace initiative.
Valls denied reports that Paris had threatened to recognise the State of Palestine in the event of the failure of the initiative to re-launch peace efforts.
In an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam published yesterday, Valls said that the Israeli settlement of occupied Palestinian territories “must stop”.
“Our aim is to allow your national aspirations to finally be realised. To say today when we will recognise the Palestinian state is to determine in advance the failure of our initiative.”
“Stopping settlements is imperative,” he said, “because we cannot both want to discuss peace and be sincere in the negotiations and at the same time continue to create facts on the ground.”
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat