Following Israeli Policy Dictates, US Prefers
Negotiation to Palestinian UN Drive
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readers understand how the US has no policy in the Middle East, just
following the Israeli policy dictates.
US prefers negotiation to Palestinian UN drive
Published yesterday (updated) 02/01/2011 12:44
WASHINGTON (AFP) -
The United States reacted Friday to a Palestinian and Arab draft
resolution set to go to the United Nations urging the Israeli occupation
government to halt its illegal only-Jewish settlement activities, saying
only that it preferred negotiations.
"On the Middle East, our
view remains unchanged. The only viable path is through a negotiated
agreement that resolves the core issues and ends the conflict," said
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.
A senior Palestinian
official said Thursday that the UN Security Council would receive in the
coming days a draft Palestinian and Arab resolution calling for the new
Following a breakdown of direct peace talks
between Israel and the Palestinians over settlements, the Arab League
said on December 15 it would seek a Security Council resolution against
Israel, ordering a halt to Jewish settlements.
It also called on
the United States, which has vetoed resolutions against Israel in the
past, not to obstruct such a move.
The draft resolution is due to
come before the United Nations in January, when Bosnia takes the
rotating presidency of the Security Council from the United States.
It will test whether the United States is willing to use its veto in
support of Israel which is concerned over the Palestinian strategy.
Israel has reportedly ordered its own diplomats to mount a
If the Palestinians lose this battle, they are
considering calling for their territories to be placed under
Direct talks between Israel and the
Palestinians launched on September 2 were suspended three weeks later
after an Israeli moratorium on settlement building expired and Israel
refused to renew it.
Abbas: "The New Draft is Designed to Gain the U.S. Support"
Friday December 31, 2010 12:10 by Ane Irazabal - IMEMC & Agencies
In the following days, P.A. and other Arab states will bring a draft
resolution to the U.N. Security Council, calling to condemn Israel for
its illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Abbas stressed on Thursday, with regard to a possible U.S. veto, that
the draft follows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's rhetoric.
The announcement was made in Brazil on Thursday, where Abbas will
attend the investment act of Brazil's new president Dilma Rousseff on
The new move aims to achieve a new Security Council
resolution that would declare the settlements in the West Bank and
Jerusalem to be illegal and an "obstacle to peace."
"We will go
before the Security Council in the coming days to stop the Israeli
settlements in the Palestinian territories, especially Jerusalem,
capital of a Palestinian state, which is a red line for all Palestinians
and Arabs," Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman of Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas, told AFP.
The draft resolution is due to be
presented to the United Nations in January, when U.S. finishes the
rotating presidency of the Security Council and Bosnia acquires the
Abbas stressed on Thursday that the new draft is designed
to gain the U.S. support, as it uses the "same words" that the U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton uses to criticize the settlements
and, therefore, he "doesn't see why" the U.S. would veto the move,
However, the United States House of
Representatives recently approved a resolution opposing an unilateral
declaration of a Palestinian state and vetoing any resolution by the
United Nations Security Council with regard to supporting unilateral
movements made by Palestinians. Israel also remarked that with these
actions, the Palestinians prove that they do not believe in
The illegality of the settlement construction in
East Jerusalem and the West Bank has been ratified by international law
and criticized by both the E.U. and the U.S.
In addition, it has
become one of the most sensitive issues with regard to the U.S. led
failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The talks started on September 2
and were suspended three weeks later, due to Israel's refusal to renew
the moratorium on settlement freeze.
Israel says direct negotiations best path to peace
Published yesterday (updated) 02/01/2011 13:17
JERUSALEM (AFP) --
Face-to-face (endless and without conclusion) negotiations are still
the best path to peace with the Palestinians, an Israeli official said
Saturday dismissing calls for a new peace plan as premature.
Friday, President Mahmoud Abbas called for the international community,
spearheaded by the peacemaking Quartet of the United Nations, the United
States, Russia and the European Union, to come up with a new approach.
"We demand that the Middle East Quartet and the various UN bodies,
headed by the Security Council, draft a peace plan which conforms with
international law, instead of keeping up negotiations which do not solve
the problem," he said, without elaborating.
But Shahar Azrami, an
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, disagreed.
"Israel has been
quite adamant in the last few months in trying to get the Palestinians
to sit with Israel around the negotiating table and only once this
option is exhausted should we think about trying to reach new
solutions," Azrami told AFP.
"We haven't reached the moment yet,
at least as far as Israel is concerned, in which we give up
negotiations," he said.
On Friday Abbas laid the cornerstone of a
new Palestinian embassy in Brazil, part of a strategy to clinch
recognition of Palestinian statehood from as many countries as possible
as a prelude to going to the Security Council and asking to be admitted
as a full UN member.
Brazil was the first of several Latin
American states that recognised Palestinian statehood this month within
the borders of 1967, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured
the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in that
year's Middle East war.
Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador have
followed suit and Uruguay said it will do likewise later this year.
The Israeli occupation government opposes such moves and has
reportedly ordered its own diplomats worldwide to mount a
"It would be more viable to seek peace in the
immediate neighbourhood, that is through direct negotiations with Israel
rather than elsewhere in the world, be that in South America or in the
United Nations," Azrami said.
Direct talks between Israel and the
Palestinians, the first for nearly two years, began on September 2 but
stalled after a 10-month Israeli settlement-building freeze expired
three weeks later and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to renew
Abbas says talks cannot resume as long as Israeli settlement
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