The international community’s policy over decades has only provided impunity for Israel to continue its colonisation of the occupied territories.
Once again another initiative to bring peace to historic Palestine is in the making. The last one by US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013-14 ended in tatters and was soon followed with a devastating war on Gaza by the Israeli military. The US declared in 2015 that it was taking a back seat for the remainder of President Obama’s term.
This time it is the French. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that his country is leading an initiative to convene an international peace conference to renew the dormant peace process. He told French diplomats "unfortunately Israeli settlement construction continues. We must not let the two-state solution unravel. It is our responsibility as a permanent member of the UN Security Council."
He elaborated that should this initiative fail, France will recognise Palestine as a state. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been calling for such a conference in recent weeks, was quick to welcome this initiative. However, true to form, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu through a spokesman rejected the French "ultimatum as it would only encourage the Palestinians not to negotiate". In reality, this is in line with his promise during the 2015 Israeli general elections that a Palestinian state would not be created on his watch.