January 12, 2017 / 11:18 AM / 8 months ago

Netanyahu says Paris peace conference "rigged" against Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a visit to an army base in the West Bank settlement of Beit El near Ramallah January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said talks to discuss the Middle East peace process in Paris on Sunday would be “rigged” against Israel, which has announced it would not participate.

“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances. This pushes peace backwards,” Netanyahu said in public remarks on Thursday.

“It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past, it’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in,” he said in English, during a meeting with Norway’s foreign minister.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell

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