Israel again rejected an invitation to participate in a French initiative for a peace conference in attempts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The conference is due to be held in Dec. 2016. Israel has been clear that it will only pursue peace talks with the Palestinians directly with no preconditions, rejecting several invitations and efforts by France and EU states and organizations. On Mon. 7 Nov. 2016, Israel’s National Security Advisor Brig.-Gen. Jacob Nagel and one of PM Netanyahu’s envoys, Yitzchak Molcho, met with French envoy Pierre Vimont in Jerusalem, again rejecting the French initiative, as Israel has continued to do so since summer of 2016 when the peace conference was introduced.