The European Foreign Ministers’ statement said they the EU would recognise Palestine state “when appropriate.” The statement emphasised for a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine.
The direct talks began with the US initiative in September failed due to Israel’s denial to extend temporary freeze of settlement construction for 90 more days. Later the US President offered Israel to supply jet fighters, security guarantee and immediate aid for extension of settlement freeze. However, Israel Prime Minister demanded recognition of Israel as a Jewish state from Palestinians, which was denied by Palestine Authority president Abbas. From then on Abbas is trying to secure unilateral recognition through diplomatic means.
Mahmoud Abbas called on the EU to recognise Palestine based on 1967 borders. It was followed by the EU foreign ministers’ statement. Brazil and Argentina recently issued a statement recognising Palestine state as a legitimate country. At least 100 above countries are believed to recognise Palestine.
Article first published as US Abandons Efforts to Persuade Israel to Freeze Settlements on Blogcritics.
The United States has decided to abandon its efforts of persuading Israel to freeze its settlement construction, saying the tactic has failed. Palestinians’ leadership in West Bank, Palestinian Authority has been demanding total settlement freeze in order to attend direct talks with Israel under the US mediation. Israel’s self-imposed 10-month settlement freeze expired in November last week due to which the direct talks also ended as Israel refused to extend the freeze on illegal settlement construction in occupied territories for 90 more days as requested by the US.
The US offered a proposal with incentives such as supply of jet fighters and security guarantees in return to a 90-day extension of a previous 10-month settlement freeze. Israel cabinet rejected the proposal. On the other hand, Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu offered to freeze the construction if the Palestinians recognised Israel as a Jewish State, but Palestinian Authority dismissed the idea.
It is not clear what the US is planning. Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the talks with the Americans were postponed because the US was busy dealing with the result of Wikileaks leakage of diplomatic cables. However, this is denied by the US state department spokesperson P J Crowley. The US made clear that abandoning efforts for settlement freeze does not mean giving total efforts. It said it recognised there was a need to change the tactics to resume the peace talks.
Article first published as Obama Proposes Devastating Peace Deal for Palestinians on Blogcritics.
Obama doesn’t know the value of peace. He doesn’t know how to achieve peace at all. Now, one can be sure that we cannot expect a viable peace plan for Middle-East from a person who received a Nobel peace prize within 13 days of his rule, even before he began signing government’s papers. We cannot expect a promising peace from a persona who confirms wars are needed to establish peace while receiving Noble peace prize. That is what Mr. Obama proved by his latest peace plan for Palestinians. It is actually more like maintaining status quo for Israeli state rather than delivering peaceful state for Palestinians.
It is no wonder Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu is confident of convincing his pro-settler cabinet to accept the new Obama-sponsored peace deal. One is well aware of Netanyahu’s far-right views on Palestinians and their leaders, which came to light through a leaked video. It was revealed in that video that Netanyahu preferred continuous beating Palestinians till they accept what was imposed by Israeli state as a peace deal. Given such views, his acceptance to the Obama-sponsored peace deal means a death blow to the national aspirations of the long-suffering Palestinian people.
Some features of Obama’s new peace deal are:
A declaration by Israel “an additional suspension of construction in the West Bank for a mere 90 day period that does not include East Jerusalem occupied by Israel in 1967 war but not accepted by the international community
A pledge not to seek any extension to the settlement freeze after the expiry of 90 days even the talks are not concluded
A guarantee to veto any resolutions deemed to be anti-Israel, brought to the United Nations Security Council and other international organisations that seek to impose a political settlement on Israel
A supply of $3 billion worth war planes to Israel to maintain its qualitative edge in the region
Signing of a more comprehensive deal by the US to enhance its substantial security aid to Israel as part of any future agreement with Palestinians
It can be seen that this is completely one sided deal prepared for the advantage of Israelis. A peace deal should not be advantageous to either parties, but should confirm the genuine aspirations on both sides.