The French Capital, Paris, is a host for a major international conference that seeks to bring peace between Israel and Palestine, reports BBC News.
It is expected that delegates representing 70 countries will reaffirm their nations’ commitment to the two-state solution that have been entangled in decades of conflicts.
The meeting has been received with open arms by the Palestinians. However, Israel as declined to attend saying that this meeting is heavily against it.
The last time the two countries formally met was in April 2014.
Both Israel and Palestinians were invited to the international peace conference to get the final resolution. They will however not participate in the process.
This summit has been organized at a time when Israel is at loggerheads with the international community after the United Nations resolved in late December 2016 to denounce Israel’s settlement activity on occupied land.
Israel has repeatedly accused outgoing US President Barack Obama for having engineered a motion that it allowed to sail through when it refused to use its veto powers in the UN Security Council.
But the White House has maintained that it did not aide in the passage of the resolution.
The two sides, Israel and Palestine, have endorsed a two-state solution but there are sharply divisive fragments.
Israel refutes that the international community should take part in the peace process and says that a straightforward settlement can only be achieved after one-on-one talks.
Via BBC Middle East
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM, referred to the Paris meeting as a “rigged conference” and insisted that Israel will not be “bound by” it.
The US state department said Secretary of State John Kerry would be at the meeting to ensure “whatever happens in this conference is constructive and balanced”.
The US has maintained that it will ensure a solution is not “imposed on Israel.”
Some of the fears held by Israel is that the conference will pass an agreement that the UN will adopt and then impeded future negotiations.
Israel-Palestine conflict Sticking Issues
Despite years of on-off peace talks, major differences still separate Israel and the Palestinians, reports BBC Middle East.
The Palestinians want the West Bank and East Jerusalem for a planned state but Israel plans to use it for settlement activity.
Israel disputes that its settlement of about 600,000 Israeli’s is illegal in the eyes of the international law. The country maintains that Palestine has been inciting violence and has refused to accept Israel as a Jewish state. These are seen as an impediment to the peace talks.
The other areas of conflicts are the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees and the future status of Jerusalem.