Elections have consequences: “According to report in British press, London refused to send high-level delegation to Paris conference to appease US President-elect Donald Trump, who reportedly disapproved of the conference as well”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
UK refuses to sign Paris declaration, warns summit may harden Palestinian positions
by Raphael Ahren
January 15, 2016

Dramatically breaking ranks with participants from 70 other countries, the United Kingdom criticized Sunday’s Middle East peace conference in Paris, arguing that it might harden Palestinian negotiating positions and refusing to sign a joint statement issued after the summit that called for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Foreign Office spokesman said London had “particular reservations” about the Paris meeting taking place without Israeli or Palestinian representatives, especially since a new US administration is being sworn in later this week. Indeed, the spokesman’s statement noted that the confab took place against Israel’s expressed wishes and “just days before the transition to a new American president when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement.” READ MORE

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