New Israeli director general of foreign affairs, Dore Gold, delivers a speech on June 1, 2015, in Jerusalem during a conference about the 50-day war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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The head of Israel's foreign ministry said Thursday that France's bid to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks was doomed to failure, like a 1916 colonial effort to carve up the Middle East.According to French diplomatic sources, the fresh peace push would center on the 2002 Saudi peace initiative.Under that proposal, Arab leaders said they would recognize the state of Israel in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied since 1967, and the creation of a Palestinian state. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians will be represented in Paris at Friday's talks, which aim to lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.
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