French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is to call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Sunday to push his UN Security Council motion initiative for setting the borders of a future Palestinian state and a timeline for negotiations. Before departing Cairo he warned that a stalemate in diplomacy risked setting the conflict “ablaze.”
DEBKAfile: The French motion would seek to draw a Palestinian State according to pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and set a one-year deadline for negotiating a final agreement. The Obama administration has encouraged Fabius to promote the French resolution, but has not promised to endorse it in the Security Council. Instead, Washington is using the threat of withholding the US veto as leverage against Netanyahu. The prime minister will turn the conversation to France’s performance at the nuclear talks with Iran and Israel's concerns.