France’s foreign minister kicked off a Middle East peace conference Sunday by warning that moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would have “extremely serious consequences” for the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Characterizing it as a provocation, Jean-Marc Ayrault said he doubted President-elect Donald Trump would in the end actually fulfill his pledge to relocate the embassy in a city that Israelis have named as their capital and Palestinians desire a part of to become the capital of a future Palestinian state. Ayrault’s comments came as diplomats from more than 70 countries, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, were preparing to gather in Paris for a conference that aims to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to get back to negotiating a final resolution to almost seven decades of conflict. No representatives from Israel, the Palestinians or the incoming Trump administration are attending, however.
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Newsline: France warns Trump against “provocative” move of US Embassy to Jerusalem