Netanyahu rejects France peace bid, but says willing to meet Abbas in person

Israel officially rejected on Thursday a French peace bid aimed at reigniting the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying it “distances” the prospects of direct talks between the parties. (Xinhua)

“Israel adheres to the position that the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Full story