“France Seeks Bigger Role in Mideast”
The Washington Post, June 22, 2015, p.A10
“France’s top diplomat traveled to the Middle East over the weekend to take a crack at solving the seemingly unsolvable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, offering a new way forward that includes a possible U.N. resolution setting out broad terms for ending the impasse and an offer of help from the Europeans and Arab nations. … On his two-day trip to Cairo, Ramallah and Jerusalem, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius sought to sell the idea of a French-led initiative to reboot the peace process with backing from an ‘international support group’ formed by the European Union, Arab nations and U.N. Security Council members, including the United States. … The French have been circulating drafts of a resolution they are considering submitting to the U.N. Security Council that calls for peace talks to start immediately and sets a deadline of two years for negotiations. … The Israeli prime minister was not enthusiastic.”
Quickie analysis: The last sentence is, according to some news reports, rather an understatement. An alternative to a US-led discussion is an interesting, perhaps even necessary, idea, though, even if it’s not likely to go anywhere for the time being.