Israel to discuss French peace proposal with US

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Posted: Jun 05, 2011 9:16 AM
Israel to discuss French peace proposal with US

Israel's leader says he will discuss a new French peace initiative with the United States before deciding whether to agree to joining a proposed peace conference in Paris.

The Palestinians have agreed to attend, putting pressure on Israel to do so, too.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that Israel would discuss the French proposal "with our American friends."

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe visited the region last week and proposed relaunching talks in Paris on the basis of the lines Israel held before the 1967 Mideast war.

The U.S. has proposed something similar.

Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Golan Heights in the 1967 Mideast war. Netanyahu believes a return to the pre-1967 lines would leave Israel with what he calls indefensible borders.