NEWS: Congress just passed a resolution urges the U.S. administration to “deny recognition to any unilaterally declared Palestinian state and veto any resolution by the United Nations Security Council to establish or recognize a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated by the two parties.”
It also urges Palestinian leaders to “cease all efforts at circumventing the negotiation process, including efforts to gain recognition of a Palestinian state from other nations, within the United Nations, and in other international forums prior to achievement of a final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians… and calls upon foreign governments not to extend such recognition.”
By Ted Belman
If anyone thought the new old peace process was for real, forget it. According to Haaretz, Mitchell proposes ‘parallel’ but separate U.S. talks with Israel, Palestinians with an aim according to Palestinian sources, of finding out what the two parties want. After all these years and all these processes, don’t they know. And he wants six weeks to do it.
“What is discussed with each side will not be divulged to the other, but the aim is for the U.S. administration to form an idea of what the two parties want with a view to drawing up a strategy to relaunch direct negotiations at the time it deems appropriate,”
Fat chance on two accounts; how can it not be divulged and what, another strategy? The parties are so far apart that a “new strategy ” won’t solve the problem. How about a new paradigm?
While Netanyahu was expected to hash out with his ministers Israel’s positions on a variety of issues, the foreign ministers from Arab nations came out out Wednesday against any talks between Israel and the Palestinians, direct or indirect, unless the United States takes a firm stance on the future borders of a Palestinian state. At least they have no illusions.
The PA continues to demand a settlement freeze. Since Netanyahu is not allowing building in any event, some say he should have agreed to the extension for all the goodies it entailed. On the other hand, he didn’t have the option. The US never delivered the letter.
There is not much chance that Netanyahu will authorized much construction while the US is still trying to develop a strategy.
Mean while JPOST reports that the Arab League will turn to the UNSC.
“The negotiation track between the Palestinians and Israelis is futile. There is no return to talks. Any resumption is conditioned on a serious offer that ensures the end to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the peace process references,” the Arab ministers said in a statement.
The Arab League foreign ministers also agreed to go to the UN Security Council for a resolution against settlement construction.
The ministers decided to “bring up the issue” of Israeli settlements with the Security Council, AFP reported.
The Arab League wants “to obtain a decision that confirms, among other things, the illegal nature of this activity and that would oblige Israel to stop it,” a ministerial committee meeting at League headquarters in Cairo said.
The statement put out after the meeting also urged the US, which has used its veto many times to block anti- Israel Security Council resolutions, not to block the move.
As we know, the Obama administration has hinted (threatened) that they might not veto such a resolution.