France to begin push for UN resolution on Israel-Palestine in ‘coming weeks’

Participants run past the controversial Israeli barrier during the Palestine Marathon in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (photo credit: REUTERS)

France plans to start discussions with partners in the “coming weeks” on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out the parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.

“I hope that the partners who were reluctant will not be reluctant anymore,” said Fabius, referring to the United States, which has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any action at the United Nations.

The United States has said it would “reassess” its options on US-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a stand last week against Palestinian statehood during his election campaign.

In December, the United States voted against a Palestinian drafted resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and east Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian state by late 2017…