- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2011

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader said Sunday 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 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 United States has proposed something similar.

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


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