Turki Al-Faisal,Warned the US If It Vetoes
Pro-Israel Dennis Ross Pressures Palestinians to
Cancel UN Bid
Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Warns U.S. Of Veto
Tuesday September 13, 2011 21:43 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Saudi Prince, former Saudi Intelligence Agency chief, Turki
Al-Faisal, warned the United States that its strategic relations with
its Arab allies, mainly Riyadh, will be significantly harmed, should
Washington opt to veto the establishment of a Palestinian State.
The New York Times reported that Al-Faisal warned that a U.S. veto
against full Palestinian membership at the United Nations “will destroy
the special relations between Riyadh and Washington, and will harm the
U.S. in the Arab world”.
Al-Faisal further stated that the United
States must support the Palestinian decision to establish an independent
state, and must vote for the decision this month, otherwise, “Washington
will lose its already declining credibility in the Arab world”.
The Saudi Prince said that Washington must realize that losing its
credibility directly impacts the security of Israel, and will lead to a
stronger Iranian domination in the region, an issue that increases the
possibilities of a new war.
Al Faisal said that the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia “will not be willing to continue its current cooperation
with Washington”, especially amidst the revolutions in the Arab world,
as these revolutions demand democracy, and demand justice to the
He also stated that, due to the changes in
the region, the leadership in Saudi Arabia will be obliged to adopt more
independent foreign policies, and will be forced to adopt policies that
are not coherent with the United States.
“The Palestinians want
their right to statehood, all nations will support them”, Al Faisal
added, “Israel should not regard the Palestinian demand as a threat; it
should look at t as an opportunity for peace, security and equality”.
Hale, Ross, To Visit Middle-East Again, Try To Revive Stalled
Wednesday September 14, 2011 00:22 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC &
The White House declared Tuesday that senior envoys Dennis Ross and
David hale will be arriving in the region this week in an attempt to
revive the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
The move comes in an effort to convince the Palestinians to cancel their
UN membership bid.
Hale and Ross were in the region last week,
and met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but could not achieve
The U.S. is convinced that peace can only be
achieved through direct peace talks. The Palestinians had to quit talks
last year due to Israel’s ongoing violations, and the construction of
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that U.S.
Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, said that that path to peace lies
“in Jerusalem and Ramallah, not in New York”.
Her statements were
considered in favor of Israel as she said “Jerusalem” when she referred
to Israel, yet, the city is part of the occupied territories.
U.S. is also not pressuring Israel into halting invasions, and the
construction and expansion of settlements.
Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, as it’s eternal and undivided capital; the
Palestinians seek to establish their independent state in the West Bank,
the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The demand is coherent with all
related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.
General Assembly will start its sessions Monday, the United States wants
to ensure the Palestinians void their plan before then, but has clearly
announced it will veto the move should the Palestinians go ahead with
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that
the Palestinian UN-bid is not meant to isolate Israel, and is only meant
to achieve international recognition of the legitimate Palestinian
rights, but Israel claims that the move is meant to isolate and
Palestine holds “observer” status at the UN;
this status does not grant it any voting rights. The Palestinian
Authority’s bid to become a full member requires the approval of the
United Nations Security Council, but the U.S. said it will use its veto
power against it.
But the U.S. Veto will lead to a setback in the
relations between Washington and the Arab World, an issue that
Washington is trying to avoid, especially amidst the current changes and
popular protests in several Arab countries.
On Tuesday, Saudi
Prince, former Saudi Intelligence Agency chief, Turki Al Faisal, warned
the United States that its strategic relations with its Arab allies,
mainly Riyadh, will be significantly harmed, should Washington opt to
veto the establishment of a Palestinian State.
Al Faisal said
that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “will not be willing to continue its
current cooperation with Washington”, especially amidst the revolutions
in the Arab world, as these revolutions demand democracy, and demand
justice to the Palestinian people.
To be voted as a nonmember
state, the Palestinian Authority needs the majority of the votes of the
193 member countries.
After the vote, and the already announced
U.S. veto, the Palestinians plan to head to the General Assembly where
they will likely receive the support of the majority of member states.
Heading to the General Assembly would grant the Palestinians the
status of a nonvoting state, as only the Security Council is allowed to
approve a full member state.
Ashton Urges Resumption Of Peace Talks
Tuesday September 13, 2011 05:39 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
European Union Foreign Policy chief, Catherine Ashton, held a meeting
on Tuesday in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and
called for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the
Palestinians, instead of the Palestinian plan to head to the United
Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyadh al-Maliki, stated that the
Palestinians welcome all European suggestions that serve their national
interests; otherwise, “they are determined to head to the UN”.
added that the recent German stances regarding the issue were not fully
positive, as Germany tried to talk Abbas out of
the U.N. bid.
On her part, Ashton stated that “the only
option for progress towards peace is negotiations” and that the E.U.
wants to see the Palestinian and Israeli people living side by side in
peace and stability.
Her statements came after a meeting with
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Amro.
She said that envoys
visited Egypt several times, and that “as far as the peace process and
the Palestinian State, there is still not definitive solution, and no
unified European stance regarding the U.N. move”.
that the only clear stance in the E.U. right now is the need to restart
Meanwhile, President Abbas raised the Palestinian
flag on his home adhering to a popular campaign calling for raising
Palestinian flags on all homes and vehicles to express support to the
The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians
started in the early nineties, but real progress on the ground was never
achieved, and Israel conducted its most dangerous settlement
construction and expansion while it was negotiating “on the future of
the occupied territories”.
Israel also considers talks on
Jerusalem, borders, natural resources and the right of return of the
Palestinian refugees, as red lines.
During their Sunday
preliminary meeting, the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League expressed
full support to the Palestinian move, and slammed Israel for its
violations and ongoing settlement activities. The ministers are planning
to hold another meeting Tuesday;
Foreign Minister of Qatar, Hamad
Bin Jassim, stated that he hopes Arab leaders would also support taking
the U.N. bid to the General Assembly.
The U.S. recently stated it
is going to use its veto power against the Palestinian move at the
The Palestinians need the Security Council’s
approval to become a member state at the United Nations, instead of the
current observer status.
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