According to the Al-Quds report, the new US proposal consists of three points: ending settlement activity in the West Bank and freezing it in east Jerusalem; suspending the Palestinian bid at the Security Council to seek a resolution calling for setting a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines; and resuming the peace talks from the point where they ended last April.
Once again there is nothing in it for Israel. Israel is expected to yield on a number of policies without anything in return.
Israel should end the freeze on settlement construction in and out of Jerusalem and should take the position that the negotiations cannot be based on ’67 lines plus swaps. Israel should make it crystal clear that they will never agree to such borders.
Based on the last go-around, Israel was being slammed for rejecting peace because it didn’t accept such borders. Israel should make it clear that they want peace but not based on those borders.
Even China is calling for the deal envisaged by the US.
Peoples Daily reported:
He reiterated that Israel should cease immediately its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, so as to pave the way for confidence building and the resumption of negotiation between the two sides.
I blame Israel for the fact that everyone shares this opinion. It can’t be written off to antisemitism only.