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    Israeli Ambassador to Russia Zvi Heifetz said that he is not sure in success in the Palestinian-Israeli ministerial meeting in Paris.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Israel doubts that there will be any success in the Palestinian-Israeli ministerial meeting in Paris since the issues at hand need to be decided on a bilateral basis between the opposing sides, Israeli Ambassador to Russia Zvi Heifetz told Sputnik.

    "The issues need to be resolved in Jerusalem and Ramallah and it seems unrealistic that they would be solved in Paris or anywhere else. Our position is well-known, we are in favor of bilateral relations because we see expediency in this," Heifetz said.

    An international ministerial conference on the Israel-Palestine conflict settlement kicked off in the French capital on Friday. The conference is set to address the issues of Palestinians, who seek diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which have been partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli stance.

    The conference not including representatives of Israel and Palestine is convened at the initiative of the French authorities. According to French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal, a total of 28 delegations have confirmed their participation in the upcoming conference on Thursday.

    Heifetz stated his doubt that Israel will accept the final decision of the meeting forthcoming meeting in Paris.

    "I do not know, perhaps some documents after a meeting in Paris will be adopted, but how can be adopted without the participation of at least one of the parties on whose future they decide," the ambassador said.

    The meeting, intended to re-launch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault and inaugurated by President Francois Hollande.

    The conference's participants will assess the situation that involves possible risks for the two states' concept. They also plan to discuss the means to implement this concept and the possibility of rapprochement between the Palestinians and the Israelis in order to hold another international conference at the end of 2016.

    On Wednesday, Heifetz said that Israel was ready to sign the peace treaty with its neighboring countries, including Palestine and Saudi Arabia.


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