Jean-Marc Ayrault, France’s Foreign Minister has warned that moving the U.S embassy to Jerusalem would be a provocation with serious repercussions.
Speaking to France 3 television, he said, “One cannot have such a clear-cut, unilateral position. You have to create the conditions for peace.”
Seventy country representatives have gathered in Paris including key European and Middle East states for a UN Security Council meeting. The meeting has been described as “futile” and “rigged” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither Israel or Palestine has a representative there.
The meeting, however, is hoped to send a message to Trump to commit to the two-state resolution.
So far, Trump has been more pro-Israel and wants to move the U.S embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This would make the city the capital of Israel in all but name.
Mr Ayrault, commented that such a move would have serious consequences. He said, “Of course (it’s a provocation). I think he would not be able to do it. Paris has said the meeting will not impose anything on Israel or the Palestinians and that only direct negotiations can resolve the conflict.”
Two State Solution
News agency Reuters who have seen a draft communiqué, say that the document reaffirms both sides to the two-state solution and asks doubters to “refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations”.
Diplomats have stated that they could toughen up the communiqué by adding Trump’s plan and having a follow up intensely debated.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This conference is among the last twitches of the world of yesterday. Tomorrow will look different and that tomorrow is very close.”
The French concern has been reaffirmed by Palestinian President Authority Mahmoud Abbas who said that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would destroy the peace process and strip the role of America as an honest broker.