France Won't 'Spare Effort' to End Israel Violence

Amid moves to impose two-state solution on Israel via the UN, France says 'everything must be done' to end cycle of violence.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande
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France on Sunday called escalating violence in Israel and Palestinian-controlled territories "extremely worrying and dangerous."

The office of President Francois Hollande said "everything must be done to calm the situation and end this cycle (of violence) which has already caused too many victims." 

In response to rocket fire on Israel Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes against two Hamas weapons manufacturing sites in Gaza. A pregnant woman and two-year-old daughter were killed in the strike. 

Early on Sunday morning, an Arab woman from Jaffa attempted a suicide bombing near Ma'ale Adumim east of Jerusalem, lightly injuring one policeman and seriously injuring herself. 

Gas balloons and other explosives were found in the terrorist's car and early evidence suggests she would have detonated the bomb in Jerusalem, had she not been pulled over by police. 

"This new worsening of the situation also confirms the urgency of restarting political efforts," France said, adding that Paris "will not spare any effort in working towards this."

According to senior officials in Jerusalem and Western diplomats, Haaretz reported on Saturday, France intends to advance a United Nations Security Council resolution on Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. 

The latest move comes a month after French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Paris backs EU plans to label products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, though he insisted France opposes any boycott of Israel.

France has also been promoting a resolution regarding peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which would set negotiating parameters and establish a time period, possibly 18 months, to complete talks.