Tag Archive for Peace Process

Palestinian autocrat Abbas: ‘We Reject Any American Peace Plan’

No longer concealing from American Presidents the Palestinian agenda of ultimately rejecting any peace agreement offered,  Mahmoud Abbas is now openly admitting that while he may engage the US administration on its ideas to resolve the conflict, he will never accept any deal.

By ADAM RASGON

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said the Palestinians will not accept any US plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He made the comment at the beginning of a conference in Ramallah about Jerusalem.

After reducing the local Christian population from over 70% to less than 10%, Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Israeli Envoy: Palestinian leadership will do everything to avoid negotiations

Israel’s UN Ambassador spotlights PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ anti-American inflammatory rhetoric as latest excuse to avoid upcoming peace negotiations planned by White House for early 2018.
– WATCH PM Netanyahu address misplaced Palestinian entrenchment.

By Elad Benari

 

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Wednesday criticized the statement by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“The Palestinian Authority is doing all it can to avoid any chance for negotiations and is actively thwarting initiatives towards reconciliation,” Ambassador Danon said.

“The international community must not allow Chairman Abbas to evade direct negotiations yet again. It must be made clear to the Palestinian leadership that they must stop their dangerous incitement which threatens the stability of the region,” he added. Continue Reading »

Watch Interview: Trump won’t force a peace solution on Israel

 

view videoIn a TV10 news interview, David Friedman, Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel affairs, says a President Trump would support Israel and let Jerusalem decide how to solve its conflict with the Palestinian Authority.

Israel Channel 10 News

 

David Friedman, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel affairs, said on Wednesday that if Trump is elected president, he will not try to force a solution on Israel with regards to its conflict with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“He’s not for or against, per se, a two-state solution,” Friedman told Channel 10 News’s Tamar Ish Shalom in an interview. Continue Reading »

Israeli official: Palestinian demand of pre-conditions for Cairo summit is a non-starter

 

An Israeli gov’t official expressed skepticism that the Palestinians would join a Cairo summit, saying the preconditions were a way to avoid negotiations, “They will run away as they have in the past, if it gets real.”

By HERB KEINON

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go anywhere to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate, but the setting of preconditions for such talks is a non-starter, a government source said Wednesday amid speculation of a four-way summit in Cairo.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 8.

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Israel turns to Putin to assist in halting publication of Quartet report

 

The political report, intended to be published in the coming days, will place inequitable blame for the moribund peace process unfairly on Israel, where it is then expected to be endorsed by the UN Security Council.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Israel has launched diplomatic efforts aimed at halting the publication of a report by the Quartet (an international diplomatic body comprised of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and Russia. Its purpose is to oversee the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and attempt to end the conflict), which is expected to blame Israel for the current impasse in the peace process with the Palestinians.
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WATCH: Martin Indyk uncharacteristically defends Israel on Al Jazeera

Former US Mideast envoy Martin Indyk, who is often criticized for his open hostility towards Israeli gov’ts, rejected vigorous and forcefully corrected Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan, that it was indeed Israel that accepted the peace agreement and the Palestinians who did not.

By Ari Soffer

 

Former US Ambassador to Israel and US Middle East envoy Martin Indyk mounted a strong defense of Israel’s efforts to make peace with the Palestinian Authority, during a recent Al Jazeera interview.

Indyk – who has also been criticized by many within Israel for some of his far-left views – was grilled by Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan on his “pro-Israel” positions for the “Head to Head” program.

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Quartet envoys met in Jerusalem set on restarting Israel-PA peace talks

 

Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, Russia, EU & UN, met with officials from Israel’s Prime Minister’s office & the Foreign Ministry, as well as representatives from the PLO & Palestinian Authority.

 

Envoys from the Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, Russia, EU and UN, met in Jerusalem earlier this week to work on a report it is expected to release in a number of months on the steps needed to create a political environment conducive to a relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

With EU Minister in Region, Palestinians Begin Blackmail Demands to Participate in Peace Talks

Chief PLO negotiator Erekat said that Abbas in favor of the resumption of the peace process with Israel, but only after the Israeli gov’t accepts settlement freeze, release of imprisoned Palestinian terrorists, and the 2-state solution.

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday discussed with EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini the latest developments surrounding the Middle East peace process.

Following the meeting between Abbas and Moherini in Ramallah, Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat reiterated the PA’s demand for a freeze of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated before the signing of the Oslo Accords.

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Israeli Deputy FM reminds EU Chief: The Palestinians walked out of peace process

EU High Representative Mogherini meets with Abbas, scheduled to hold talks with PM Netanyahu as well in attempt to revive peace talks.

By i24news

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is committed to pursuing peace negotiations with the Palestinians, and it is in fact the latter who abandoned last year’s US-led negotiations, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday.

Dep. FM Tzipi Hotovely – Motti Kimchi/Ynet

The newly appointed Hotovely told Mogherini that the Palestinians must cease to undertake unilateral steps against Israel in the international arena, and that the EU must condemn terrorism more forcefully.

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Former Israeli Amb. Michael Oren: Israeli Left politicians ‘Have Crashed’

Israel’s former envoy to U.S. says the Left refuses to accept the reality that Palestinian leaders have chosen a destructive path and aren’t interested in negotiations.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israel’s former ambassador to the United States Dr. Michael Oren addressed the Saban Forum Saturday on the topic of the political process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – and had some damning words for the Israeli Left.

The Left in Israel has crashed, because it has not yet internalized that the Palestinians are not part of the negotiations, and aren’t interested in being so,” said Oren. “The Palestinians have chosen a different path, the destructive path of delegitimization of Israel.”

“On the other hand, the Right doesn’t yet have the courage to admit that Israel isn’t able to protect its identity and its alliance with the US, while ruling 2.5 million Palestinians,” Oren continued.

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Report: Abbas accepted US request to postpone Palestinian Security Council bid for statehood

 

Sources in Ramallah told the London-based daily that the Palestinian Authority is prepared to return to the negotiation-table with Israel, but not according to “old mechanisms.”

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

The London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years.

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate cease-fire

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate cease-fire. – Photo: REUTERS

The paper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as saying that the PA leadership will give US Secretary of State John Kerry a two-month window to present his own plan for peace. Continue Reading »

Palestinians’ envoy to the Netherlands hopes to avoid taking Israel to the ICC

‘Going to the International Criminal Court is the finale divorce,’ says Nabil Abuznaid, ‘I don’t think Palestinians & the Israelis are ready for a final divorce.’

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JTA — Loading a newly released video of a beheading in Syria on his smartphone, Nabil Abuznaid, the Palestinians’ ambassador here in The Hague, shakes his head in disbelief.

Criminal Court

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki (left) at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. – Photo: AFP

“Look at those animals,” he says, referring to the fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group who carried out the decapitation. “Do you think Israelis are immune from this craziness?

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UK Labor MPs Rebel Against Dictated ‘Palestine’ Vote

Opposition MPs are ‘furious’ for being directed to vote for recognition of Palestinian state, admitting it makes ‘peace’ process more difficult.

By Ari Yashar

 

The UK is anticipated to pass a non-binding vote on Monday recognizing “Palestine,” but members of the Labor party which proposed the move are reportedly holding an internal revolt against the forced vote.

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband – Reuters

MP Ed Miliband is head of the Opposition and the Labor party, whose member Grahame Morris proposed the vote. His shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has told Labor shadow ministers that they must vote in favor of the motion, reports the British Independent. Continue Reading »

John Kerry: Israel’s response to Fatah-Hamas unity deal ‘appropriate’

 

US Sec. of State says Israel’s wait-&-see approach to formation of Palestinian reconciliation gov’t is “appropriate.”

By JTA
 

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel’s wait-and-see approach to Fatah-Hamas unity talks was “appropriate.”

John Kerry

John Kerry – Photo: REUTERS

He made the remarks in an interview Thursday night on PBS, adding that he was “disappointed that the [peace] process, what is in place, that that didn’t produce the next step.”

Asked about the negotiations on unity between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, Kerry said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “and Israel are waiting to see what happens with the Hamas reconciliation, with the announcement of a new government, with the question of what that new government may or may not choose to do. Continue Reading »

US Officials: Via Violence or Unilateral Maneuvering, Palestine Will Be a State

American representatives come dangerous close to condoning Palestinian intransigence & violence by playing the blame game & ignoring core issues

By Ryan Jones

 

 

American negotiators connected to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed peace initiative warned in an interview with Israeli media last week that the Palestinians will eventually have their state, either through violence or unilateral maneuvering.

John Kerry, meets with Mahmoud Abbas - Photo: Thaer Ghanaim/AFP

John Kerry meets with Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Thaer Ghanaim/AFP

Many Israelis were outraged, saying the remarks came dangerously close to condoning both Palestinian terrorism and the Palestinian leadership’s rejection of Israel’s peace demands.

The negotiators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told leading Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Ahronot that, in their assessment, primary blame for the failure of the peace talks falls to Israel. Continue Reading »