France has not been very pleased about a lack of progress with Israel in a search for peace in the Middle East. Relations between the two countries are being seriously strained by this situation. In fact the strained relations run so deep France has threatened to recognize a Palestinian state if there is no progress with Israel reports USA Today on Jan. 29, 2016.
If Israel and the Palestinians can’t settle their differences after a peace conference which is planned by summer France has threatened to recognize a Palestinian state. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said he is planning to invite Israel, Palestinians, Arab nations and others to a peace conference which has a goal of searching for a two-state solution. He said if there is a dead end to this attempt to reach a negotiated solution France will take responsibility and move to recognize the Palestinian state.
Arutz Sheva reports France is serious about threats to recognize Palestine if all peace initiatives fail. Fabius plans to recognize a Palestinian state if initiatives to resume peace talks do not succeed. He thinks that as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council France has a responsibility to attempt to keep up efforts to search for a two-state solution.
France has been trying to bring together Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting in Paris. Brtiain and Sweden already recognize Palestine and Portugal is planning to do so. It appears it is just a matter of time until Palestine gains international recognition.