Several hundred pro-Israeli demonstrators gather in Paris in anger over the holding of a summit on peace in the Middle East which they say is 'pointless'. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Around 300 people demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in Paris on Sunday (January 15) in support of Israel over a confernece held in the French capital which aims find a solution in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Some 70 countries, including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, gathered in Paris for a meeting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected as "futile". Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were represented. Paris has said the meeting will not impose anything on Israel or the Palestinians and that only direct negotiations can resolve the conflict. Home to Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, France has tried to breathe new life into the peace process over the past year. It believes that, with the uncertainty surrounding how the next U.S. administration will handle the issue, it is important to push the sides back to talks rather than allowing a fragile status quo to fester.