'Israel ready to talk but no pre-conditions'

Netanyahu blasts French proposal for peace talks as an 'incentive' for Palestinians 'not to compromise.'

Nitzan Keidar ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the French proposal to renew peace talks with the Palestinians Sunday morning during the cabinet meeting. 

"You certainly heard of the proposal being raised in certain quarters in France, to convene an international conference with the threat at the end that if it is unsuccessful, then France will – to a large degree – adopt the Palestinian position," Netanyahu said. 

Netanyahu clarified that the phrasing of the proposal is not acceptable to Israel.

"This will be an incentive for the Palestinians to come and not compromise," he blasted. "The substance of negotiations is compromise and the French initiative, as it has been reported, in effect gives the Palestinians in advance reasons not to do so.

Netanyahu stressed that Israel would fight the new initiative. 

"I believe that we will see a sobering up on this issue. In any case, we will work to bring this about and our position is very clear: We are prepared to enter into direct negotiations without preconditions and without dictated conditions."