Jerusalem, Jan 12: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday described the upcoming Middle East peace conference in Paris as a “fraud” insisting that the meeting was an “anti-Israel” summit orchestrated by the Palestinians and sponsored by the French government, Jerusalem Post reported.
The summit “will further lead to the adoption of anti-Israel positions,” Netanyahu charged during a meeting with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende.
Netanyahu added that the meeting would only harm already fraught prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We here in Israel are dealing with huge challenges presented by terrorist forces, which not only seek to destroy Israel but look to destroy every opportunity for peace.”
“There are additional efforts,” Netanyahu continued, “that are harming efforts for peace and one of them is the Paris conference.”
The Paris peace conference, which is expected to host officials from 72 countries, is slated to take place on January 15.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will also travel to Paris for the international convening organised by the French government, his staff announced on Tuesday.
Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians, however, will be represented at the meeting.
Israel is protesting the Paris summit and has warned its attendees against setting out parameters for a two-state solution.
Brende commented during the meeting that Norway is attending the peace conference, but promised his government would take a fair approach to the issue.
“I look forward to the discussions in Paris. We will be there, but we promise to be balanced going into the meeting, and I look forward to discussing furthering the peace process in the future,” Brende told the Prime Minister.
Brende also extended his condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday’s terror attack in Jerusalem and to the Israeli government.
Four soldiers were killed, and 17 wounded, when a flatbed truck driven by an Arab terrorist rammed into a group of soldiers adjacent to the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southeastern Jerusalem on January 8.