In Paris, 28 countries and other international organizations meet for a day as a “first step for joint work in order to organize an international conference to be held by the end of the year (2016) to lay the foundations for relaunching the [Arab-Israeli] peace process.” The over-arching objective of the effort, noticeably without Palestinians or Israelis present, is the achievement of a two-state solution under the auspices of international cooperation, sanctioned by UN Resolution 242 (1967), UN Resolution 338 (1973), and the 2002 Saudi proposed “Arab Peace Initiative.” While these outside parties seek to end the conflict, and have participated in other similar international conferences, all with still-born results, it is clear that the Israelis and Palestinians are as yet not prepared to end the conflict between them. Palestinian terrorists killing and wounding of Israeli civilians in the Tel Aviv Sarona Market just five days later demonstrate a profound disconnect between noble intentions of the international community for a conference and the reality on the ground.
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