A Palestinian protestor carries car tires in a fire during clashes with Israeli security forces, following a demonstration in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on January 13, 2017. / AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH
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In a strong message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries are expected this weekend to reiterate their opposition to Israeli settlements and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "the only way" to ensure peace in the region. France is hosting more than 70 countries Sunday at a Mideast peace summit, in what will be a final chance for the Obama administration to lay out its positions for the region.Israel captured both areas in the 1967 Mideast war.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attending Sunday's summit as one of his last international appearances in official capacity, said in a farewell speech last month that Israel's continued settlement growth threatens the possibility of a two-state solution.Netanyahu has rejected the U.N. resolution and accuses the Obama administration of conspiring behind Israel's back.The Palestinians, who also are not invited to this weekend's conference, have welcomed the French initiative. French President Francois Hollande Thursday said the conference aims at ensuring the support of the international community for the two-state solution as a reference for future direct negotiations.
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