France has become the latest country in Europe to consider recognizing the state of Palestine. With a non-binding vote getting under way Friday, its National Assembly is following the lead of four other European nations that have taken similar steps.
Halting the slide into religiously fueled conflict lies with the Israelis and Palestinians, regional analysts say. But neither of the leaders of the two sides appears inclined to redirect energies toward a renewed peace effort.
Many Israeli politicians have condemned the move by the mayor of Askhelon to prevent Palestinian laborers from working on kindergarten construction sites. His action comes amid heightened tensions after several Arab attacks on Jews.