Palestinians on Monday welcomed a French plan to hold an international conference on the two-state solution in Paris at the end of December. In Jerusalem PM Netanyahu called on Abbas to immediately hold direct negotiations with him. Abbas has persistently rejected such calls, stating that Israel must halt all settlement activity and Jewish building in east Jerusalem before such talks could be held. Israel on Monday warned France that their plan only emboldens Abbas to continue to refuse to negotiate. Israel is committed to the peace process, but believe that a final status agreement with the Palestinians can only be reached through direct talks.
During Uvda, an Israeli investigative television program, the journalist Illana Dayan run an investigation on PM Netanyahu. In a letter Netanyahu criticized Dayan for being one of the leaders of the orchestrated assault against him and that her show is an example of why a reform is needed in Israel’s media. Many journalists and politicians criticized the remarks saying to replace him to save democracy in Israel and that if Netanyahu didn’t want journalists to investigate him, he should have chosen another job.