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Palestinian statehood bid is dangerous: France

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Friday that a bid by Palestinians to win UN recognition as a state would risk triggering a dangerous diplomatic confrontation.

Alain Juppé

Palestinians, frustrated by the failure of the frozen US-sponsored peace process with Israel, plan to campaign for recognition at the UN General Assembly later this month.  

“France hopes that they use the occasion for reopening the path to dialogue rather than risking a futile and dangerous diplomatic confrontation,” Juppe told an annual gathering of French ambassadors.  

France is hoping that the 27 countries of the European Union can establish a common position on Palestinian statehood.  

“The 27 countries should speak with one voice,” said Juppe ahead of a meeting later Friday of European foreign ministers in Poland which is expected to debate the question.  

Washington’s push for an elusive peace deal through direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians has foundered on Israel’s refusal to stop expanding Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, occupied since 1967.  

But the United States insist that Palestinians will only achieve meaningful statehood through a revival of direct peace talks and has warned it will veto the bid in the Security Council.

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French sailor found after weeks adrift: Israeli army

A French sailor lost in the Mediterranean for weeks has been rescued by the Israeli military off the Gaza coast, the army said Friday.

French sailor found after weeks adrift: Israeli army
A file photo taken from the coast of Gaza. Photo: AFP

The man was recovered Thursday night drifting in a boat with a broken radio and no steering system near the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave bordering Israel and Egypt, the army said on Twitter.

“Our soldiers came across his boat near the Gaza Strip, rescued him, and took him for medical treatment,” the tweet said.

An army spokeswoman described the man as a fisherman travelling from Egypt towards Gaza. She said he was injured in the leg.

The tweet included a photo of a smiling man with greying hair wearing a sea jacket and hat and surrounded by soldiers aboard what appears to be an Israeli boat.

There were no further details on the circumstances of the rescue or the man's identity.

The French embassy in Tel Aviv said it had received information about the incident from the Israeli army, but did not have more any more details.

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