France has learned of Likud’s victory in Israel’s general election and congratulates Benjamin Netanyahu. France will continue with the next government coalition the dialogue it maintains with Israel, especially on regional and security issues, and the development of the bilateral relationship.
As regards the peace process, only the creation of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel will ensure peace and prosperity in the Middle East. It is in Israel’s interest to go down this path. France will expect the new government to demonstrate responsibility in this respect and swiftly take the necessary steps to allow the Palestinian Authority to function normally, and restart the negotiations with a view to a comprehensive, definitive peace agreement./.