Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 16, 2016 after a joint cabinet meeting. AFP / ODD ANDERSEN
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday slammed France's diplomatic plan for an international conference on Middle East peace with recognition of a Palestinian state if talks fail.French diplomats have also been conducting talks on the issue with the Palestinians over the past few days.Washington, which has traditionally acted as a peace broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has not taken a public position on the French plan and appears to be waiting to hear more details.Peace talks collapsed in April 2014 and the situation has since deteriorated, with the prospects of fresh dialogue appearing increasingly remote.
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