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The Palestinian Authority has announced it will seek a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution on Wednesday calling for an end of the Israeli occupation within two years. The draft legislation gives Israel this time to remove its forces from lands occupied in June 1967 and reaffirms per-existing agreements as a framework for returning to negotiations, said Ashraf Khatib a spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Negotiations Affairs Department via telephone to Mondoweiss. While the resolution makes no explicit mention of land swaps Khatib said it does support previous accords where the PLO granted Israel the possibility of territorial exchanges where up to 60-percent of settlers could remain in the West Bank.

The resolution marks a change from previous accords by the PLO in that it binds Israel to a time frame for ending the occupation. Other than that the central components of the draft are not new. Borders will be sought on the pre-June 1967 line, East Jerusalem will be the future capital and the refugee issue will be solved based on UN 194, seeking return and compensation. And like past agreements, there also will be the inclusion of the principle of “land for peace,” which opens the resolution to the same pitfalls that have plagued the prolonged Oslo Accords as the idea of “land swaps” have often been interpreted by Israel to allow for continued settlement expansion.

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PA changes course after U.S. intervention

A PLO notice on the resolution distributed late Sunday evening said the draft, “should contain all the elements enclosed in the Arab Peace Initiative and our national fixed principles, including the identification of East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and an integral part of our land as well as guaranteeing the right of refugees based on UN General Assembly resolution 194.” The announcement also applauded a Swiss effort to assemble the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to “confront Israel’s racial discrimination,” and violations to international law.

The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont reported yesterday on two texts of the legislation circulated—one drafted by Jordan and one by France. A major difference in the two documents, Beaumont wrote, was over whether the resolution would call for an absolute end to the occupation, or set a firm timeline for a return to peace talks, the latter from the French proposal.

The two-year term in the resolution is “for implementation” said Khatib, but “there is no details on how it will be implemented.” Khatib went on to explain that while the resolution will state Israel must end its occupation, the idea is that the document will be “a benchmark for any future negotiations,” suggesting elements of both the Jordanian and French drafts were included.

Washington has made inroads over the past few days to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, largely seen as an attempt to formulate a version of the draft acceptable to both parties. On Tuesday Kerry will met with Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat in Rome, and yesterday he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London. As Netanyahu was departing he said that he had “a serious conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry” on “a range of issues” and condemned the Palestinian initiative at the UN. “The attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel,” he said.

“We’ve made clear throughout these discussions with all of our interlocutors that there are certain things we could never support. (I’m) not going to outline those publicly,” said a State Department official to Reuters yesterday.

Days before announcing the UNSC resolution Palestinian leaders had considered changing or cancelling its security coordination with Israel following the death of a Palestinian minister who succumbed to a heart attack on Wednesday after an assault by an Israeli solider. On Friday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to give a statement to the press at the Muqataa, the seat of government near Ramallah, but he cancelled the announcement after speaking with Secretary of State John Kerry by telephone. Then the expected announcement on altering security arrangements with Israel was replaced with the UNSC resolution, which had been first raised by Abbas in September at the UN General Assembly.

While the timing of Kerry’s meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials and Abbas’s delayed announcement on a Palestinian response to the minister’s death suggests the U.S. had a hand in altering the UN resolution, Khatib maintained “our draft hasn’t been tapped by anyone other than what we discussed with the Arab League in Cairo ten days ago.” Kerry’s swift actions to hold meetings in Europe with Israeli and Palestinian leaders suggests Washington would prefer to sway the content of the Palestinian resolution rather than veto it outright at the UN.

Mondoweiss has learned that the UN has been informed by the Palestinians of their intentions to submit the resolution on Wednesday, but Jordan, a member of the Security Council and the country that will formally submit the petition, has said they have not yet received the document. If an agreement on the content is reached before Wednesday it is likely that the resolution will be turned over to the UN but no discussion or vote will take place.

A resolution to return to negotiations

While specific details on the content of the proposed resolution were not included in the PLO’s Sunday press release, Khatib said the text was written over a week ago in consultation with the Arab League in Cairo and will undergo minor changes until it is submitted. He added the resolution will approve “minor land swaps.”

“This will be the terms of reference for any kind of future negotiations,” continued Khatib, adding the resolution sought to avoid another round of prolonged talks and refocus the negotiations on commitments to final status issues, namely borders, Jerusalem and the right of return for some seven million Palestinians living outside of Israel’s 1948 borders. “We started with the Oslo agreement and the interim agreement has lasted for more than 20 years, and it should have lasted for only five years,” he added.

Khatib said this resolution omits mentions of land swaps but does follow the same principles outlined in the other accords where borders were to be based on “1967 with minor land swaps. The resolution cites the 2012 UN General Assembly legislation when the international community accepted Palestine as a non-member Observer. That document calls for “the terms of reference of the Madrid Conference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Both the Madrid Conference and the Quartet road map accepted land swaps, where the Quartet’s supports up to 60-percent of settlers living on roughly two to four-percent of the West Bank. This addition to the resolution then renders it not unlike previous agreements where Israel has used the pretext of land swaps for continual settlement expansion.

However, Khatib said that even with land swaps the general spirit of the UNSC resolution would forbid any continuous settlement blocs that would compromise territorial continuity for a future Palestinian state. Khatib said the specifics on which geographic regions could be traded with Israel, “is not discussed how, it’s not part of the resolution.” He noted, “if there will be a land swap it will be a minor percentage, swapped with another area close to it.”

Allison Deger

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  1. CloakAndDagger on December 16, 2014, 11:52 am

    Frankly, Abbas is a traitor. By leaving in the “land swap” loophole, he is perpetuating the continuation of meaningless “talks”, and thus his cushy deal with the devil(s).

    This will go nowhere – and my tax dollars will continue to fund this. Merry Christmas!

    • Kay24 on December 16, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Yes I do agree, that is one of the most important conditions. However, I wonder if Kerry/US is twisting his arms, and threatening to withhold aid. Apparently there is some shift in the US position, which means they may have asked him to water this resolution down, so that the occupier can be appeased, knowing what experts they are in throwing tantrums.

      “U.S. willing to back UN resolutions on Palestinians, if ‘no unilateral moves’ included
      Kerry said earlier Tuesday that the U.S. hadn’t made any final determinations regarding the proposals expected to be submitted to the UNSC this week.

      The United States clarified Tuesday that it would be willing to support a United Nations Security Council proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as long as it contains “no unilateral measures” that would predetermine the outcome of diplomatic negotiations.” Haaretz

      Perhaps the US knows the rest of the world will support this, and is trying to, as usual, making sure Israel is going to benefit in some way.

    • radkelt on December 16, 2014, 11:37 pm

      I’m considering not paying federal taxes, can I be compelled to
      underwrite killing people who wish only to be free of Imperial US
      hegemony?. Denying innocent children of any possibility of a productive, happy life? Must I be threatened with loss of all I hold dear to support killing other humans with whom I share a common humanity?
      Since my, and your, taxes pay the salaries of John Brennan, congress, the supreme court, the State Dept, the DOD, etc, I want to fire them, or at least not to be forced to have any of my taxes
      compel me to be complicit in something I believe to be evil, unjust,
      sinful,an unholy abomination .

  2. Kathleen on December 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

    yes

  3. Blownaway on December 16, 2014, 12:48 pm

    The resolution will never see the light of day as it is written. The Palestinains themselves will water it down as to render it emanigless. In any event if it eveen gets close the US will veto it or if passed it has no teeth no enforcement and will be ignored like any other resolution that Israel doesnt like. Meawhile Germany will continue to fund warships and submarines, France will continue to give support and the US will keep the money flowing

    • OyVey00 on December 16, 2014, 9:37 pm

      Hey, the Germans gotta atone for the Holocaust and prove that they are good goys after all!

  4. eljay on December 16, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Photo caption: “We will take Israel to the ICC and we will make Israel pay…not quite yet.”

    • Blownaway on December 16, 2014, 3:04 pm

      To wit

      “The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister indicated Tuesday that the PA may slightly delay its submission of a statehood bid to the UN Security Council, and said it would be open to adopting a softened European draft resolution with some tweaking.

      Read more: PA to consider revised European statehood bid | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-to-consider-revised-european-statehood-bid/#ixzz3M5pkGdsa
      Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

    • OyVey00 on December 16, 2014, 9:38 pm

      The ICC is a kangaroo court anyway.

      • amigo on December 17, 2014, 5:08 am

        “The ICC is a kangaroo court anyway.” oyvey

        Good , then your leaders should feel quite at home there.

  5. Rusty Pipes on December 16, 2014, 5:11 pm

    It is not necessarily the case that both elements of both the Jordanian and French versions will be included in the resolution. The Guardian states clearly that the Palestinian team were offended by the French proposal:

    The push to hold a vote on Wednesday comes during a period of intense diplomatic negotiations over two rival draft texts for a resolution. The first, sponsored by Jordan at the behest of the Palestinians – envisages setting a November 2016 deadline for ending the occupation. The rival proposal, drawn up by France, would only set a deadline for an end to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

    Kerry’s sudden involvement in talks around the resolution is being seen as an attempt to manage a process the US fears could raise already high tensions and in which according to one quoted official it sees only “bad scenarios”.

    The French draft – which has been drawn up with input from the UK and Germany – speaks of the 1967 borders as the basis for dividing the land, which President Barack Obama has publicly backed, but it does not include key Israeli and US conditions such as Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

    A senior western diplomat said the Europeans – led by France – were aiming for a consensus resolution devising a binding, unspecified, timeframe and felt the Americans were open to the possibility.

    “There is a window of opportunity now, there is a willingness from them to consider … options at the security council,” the diplomat said.

    However, the French proposal is seen by Palestinians as falling far short of their demands. “It has killed substance of our resolution,” one senior official with intimate knowledge of the negotiations told the Guardian.

    “The French are talking about a timeframe for a conclusion of peace talks. We are talking about ending occupation. And so far the Americans have committed a serious mistake. They have failed to engage with the resolution despite being invited to.”

    The Jordanian proposal leaves open the potential for negotiation within the time frame of the two years simply because it accepts the framework of previous international works as binding on Palestinians (and thereby uses them to call the UN and international law to bolster Palestine’s legal claims).

    The Palestinians state that there is not a specific timeline for implementation within the two years. They should call upon the Security Council to develop a timeline for an outside body, like NATO or UN peacekeepers, to provide security in successive areas of Palestine as the IDF evacuates those areas. If the areas that have been under negotiation in the Geneva accords are left for the last few months of evacuation, that should give Israel plenty of time to offer Palestine swaps for any or all of them. If Israel’s leadership is not able to make an acceptable offer before that time, then the window closes and Palestine’s border doesn’t deviate at all from the green line.

  6. Abierno on December 16, 2014, 6:33 pm

    I am not sure why there is no discussion of one or more members of the Security Council invoking Resolution 377 to move the Palestine
    proposal to the General Assembly. This is the protection of peace
    resolution, invoked when a member of the Security Council invokes
    their veto indiscriminately and significant threats to peace or life occur. This requires 9//15 votes. The increasingly brutal bombings of Gaza, described by Israel as “mowing the grass,” as well as the failure of either Israel or Egypt to move forward with follow up to the ceasefire agreements, the sealing off of Gaza which is becoming increasingly uninhabitable, the regular killing/maiming of Palestinians by the IOF/IDF, etc – all represent pervasive, regularly occurring violations of both UN resolutions as well Geneva Conventions.

    Netanyahu has spoken forcefully: If the US does not veto any proposal, Israel will retaliate, and given events of last summer in both the West Bank and Gaza, it is a certainty against whom the Israelis’ will retaliate. Naftali Bennett and Moishe Feiglin speak clearly regarding the intentions of Israel. Both of these fine politicians argued strenuously for the carpet bombing of Gaza last summer, as well as the necessary transfer of Palestinians, with death to those who refuse.

    If 377 is not invoked now, when?

  7. Daniel Rich on December 16, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Lest we forget, all of Israel is occupied Palestinian land.

    But yeah, “Palestinians say to press UN vote despite US veto warning…”

    Check.

    • Kathleen on December 17, 2014, 11:08 am

      I think there is a real possibility that the US might consider an abstain vote….ok in my dreams. Can you imagine?

  8. Kay24 on December 16, 2014, 8:07 pm

    It seems the Palestinians have to make their bid for human rights, with all kinds of conditions from other nations, mostly the US and the EU. It is always at the best interest of the occupier, the war criminal, that has always wielded the powers and stolen so much from the victims.
    It is damned if you do , and damned if you don’t.

    • Marnie on December 17, 2014, 1:43 am

      In other words, nothing new. The victims who pay the price, always, always, always. Abbas seems to be in the horrible position of being between a rock and a hard place. He’s tried to work with the GoI and they fucked him over; tried to work with the US and got the same deal. Now he looks like a loser to the people he represents and the rest of the world.

    • amigo on December 17, 2014, 9:36 am

      Kay, you will wake up to a different climate on Wednesday.

      1, The EU Parliament votes to recognise a Palestinian State, albeit with conditions???.But the resolution reconises Palestine “In Principal”.A very positive step forward and a serious message to Israel.

      2, The EU lower Court votes to remove Hamas from it,s terrorist list .Assets are to be frozen for 3 months to allow arguments against.However not withstanding those arguments , this is a very very important sea changing moment.The hasbarists have had the very base of their justification for bombing Gaza or attacking the WB removed right from under them.No more listening to apologists naming the EU as one of the groups naming Hamas as aTerrorist Organisation.Nuttyahu and co are “up in arms” (pun intended).

      I suspect this is being carefully orchestrated between the EU and the US.

      Israel is on notice.The wold is fed up with their actions and will not tolerate anymore of their warmongering and illegal expansion.

      Check J post.It,s all over their front pages.

      • lysias on December 17, 2014, 11:08 am

        And Bibi responds — “the Holocaust”! Netanyahu: Europe ‘learned nothing’ from Holocaust:

        “Today we witnessed staggering examples of European hypocrisy: in Geneva they call for the investigation of Israel for war crimes, while in Luxemburg the European court removed Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations, Hamas that has committed countless war crimes and countless terror acts,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying.

        . . .

        “It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing,” Netanyahu added.

        “But we in Israel, we’ve learned. We’ll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy,” he said at the start of a meeting with US Republican Senator-elect Joni Ernst.

      • eljay on December 17, 2014, 11:29 am

        >> lysias: And Bibi responds — “the Holocaust”!

        “It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil six million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing,” Netanyahu added.

        He’s one to talk! Zio-supremacists – who, for over 60+ years, have been stealing, occupying and colonizing Palestinian land and oppressing, torturing and killing Palestinians – haven’t learned a damned thing, either.

        “But we in Israel, we’ve learned. We’ll continue to defend our people and our state against the forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy,” he said …

        But, Bibi, your state and Zio-supremacists just like you ARE forces of terror and tyranny and hypocrisy.

      • Kay24 on December 17, 2014, 9:12 pm

        You have got to wonder how thick Bibi is in the head, he has been getting strong messages, when many EU nations voted to recognize a Palestinian state, the last bid at the UN was successful with many nations voting for it, and the UN is investigating war crimes by Israel in Gaza. Surely something in this greedy war criminal’s mind should give out warning signals.
        The world is fed up of Israel and things are changing fast. The mere fact that Israel keeps acting arrogantly, with disregard for world opinion, and international laws, shows just how unrealistic their policies are.

  9. Walid on December 16, 2014, 10:33 pm

    On the subject of any UNSC resolution concerning Israel, we hve to acount for Israel’s overall disregard of any such resolution; In 1978, the UNSC that included the consent of the US, passed Res 425 ordering Israel out of Lebanon. Israel’s reaction to this was to give it the finger and the 7th Cavalry was never sent in to enforce the resolution during Israel’s occupation that in spite of Res 425, went on to to maintain its vile occupation of South Lebanon for 22 years until Hizbullah succeeded in kicking its ass out of Lebanon in May 2000. All this to say that it’s a foregone conclusion that Israel will not be bound by any UN resolution, Security Council’s or General Assembly’s and this futile UN-resolution talk is essentially worth chickenshit.

    Notwithstanding any resolution that would be passed, there is already talk of “watering down” the language that is being pushed by the US to make any deal palpable by Israel. It’s the same bullshit talk that was used by the US and Israel back at the creation of Israel during which Israel succeeded in getting inserted weasel words that on the surface appeared relatively harmless but the ended up serving Israel’s vile interests in refusing to abide by UN resolutions to both get out of lands it had overran and to let the Palestinians return to their land. This sneaky ambiguity deliberately created by Israel has effectively kept the Palestinians refugees. Today, we’re back talking about the insertion of new weasel words that would allow Israel to maintain its occupation for ever and ever until the last Palestinian has been removed from the land.

    It’s worth mentioning the words of Edward Said that said in so many other words that during the final Oslo negotiations and signing, the illustrious Palestinian team of Arafat, Abbas, Shaath, Abed Rabbo and a few others with exception to the late Arafat, all of which are still currently negotiating with Israel, did not have a single lawyer present with them while Israel’s team had superbly efficient negotiating lawyers with it at all times looking out for its interests. And we saw the results of what this Palestinian team obtained with Oslo and today the same team is involved in supposedly final negotiations.

    In short, the way it’s going, the Palestinians with the currently ledership and the indifference of the Arabs are doomed. No matter what chickenshit of a UN resolution does come out of this charade, all Israel to perpetuate the occupaton and go from one extension to the 2 year deal to another would only need a little bomb going off in downtown TA or a repeat incident of the death of the 3 teens, to be choreographed by Israel, of course, as usual.

  10. mcohen. on December 16, 2014, 11:39 pm

    “weasel words ” walid said

    they getting ready for the big hit and then the real words,red on black,will be written not spoken.

    • amigo on December 17, 2014, 1:23 pm

      mcohen,

      Shouldn,t you be watching Dallas –re runs or Jerry Springer.Two of the best of wonderful American TV entertainment.

      • Mooser on December 17, 2014, 1:37 pm

        “they getting ready for the big hit and then the real words,red on black,will be written not spoken.”

        Good thinking, “mcohen”! If nothing you say makes sense, nobody will ever be able to trip you up with anything from your archive.

    • just on December 17, 2014, 1:52 pm

      Pardon me, what did you say/mean/write?

  11. JLewisDickerson on December 17, 2014, 1:04 am

    RE: “This addition to the resolution [i.e. citing the 2012 UN General Assembly legislation making Palestine a non-member Observer, which legislation referred to “the terms of reference” [[e.g. land swaps]] of the Madrid Conference and the Quartet road map] then renders it not unlike previous agreements where Israel has used the pretext of land swaps for continual settlement expansion.” ~ Deger

    IN OTHER WORDS: The “Ghost Dance”* continues!

    * Ghost Dance – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Dance

  12. German Lefty on December 17, 2014, 4:52 am

    EU court removes Hamas from terror blacklist
    http://rt.com/news/215143-hamas-off-terror-list/

    • annie on December 17, 2014, 10:14 am

      omg!

    • adele on December 17, 2014, 5:36 pm

      This news was just posted by AFP and not a good sign at all. EU is going to challenge the EU court’s decision on the removal of Hamas from terror blacklist.

      BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Union scrambled to set the record straight on Hamas Wednesday after an EU court ordered the removal of the Palestinian Islamist group from its terror blacklist, infuriating Israel.

      The ruling threatened recent Brussels attempts to play a bigger role in reviving the moribund Middle East peace process, with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu saying it showed Europeans had learned nothing from the Holocaust.

      A vote by the European Parliament backing the recognition in principle of a Palestinian state just hours after the Hamas decision, following a series of such votes in European nations, added fuel to the fire.

      The EU insisted that it still viewed Hamas as a terrorist group, saying that the ruling by the General Court of the European Union was based on a technicality and that it might appeal the decision.

      “This is a legal ruling, not a political decision,” European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.

      She said the EU would “take appropriate remedial action” and pointed out that under the ruling the designation of Hamas as a terror group and the freeze of its funds remains in place for three months or pending the outcome of an appeal.

      She added: “The EU continues to consider Hamas a terrorist organisation.”

      Britain also said it wanted to maintain the terror listing.

      Its embassy to the EU said the judgement “does not change UK or EU’s position on Hamas, a terrorist group.”

      http://www.france24.com/en/20141217-eu-insists-hamas-terror-status-after-blacklist-removal/?aef_campaign_date=2014-12-17&aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&ns_linkname=editorial&ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter

      • just on December 17, 2014, 9:51 pm

        I think the cat’s already out of the bag, adele.

        It’s done. Resistance is a right and a duty, and the mostly peaceful resistance of the Palestinian people is truly something to behold.

        Occupation is odious~ I believe that it’s a sin, and I know that Israel has been in breach of international law since its founding.

        “Legal” works better than “political” for me, Maja.

  13. German Lefty on December 17, 2014, 8:02 am

    I just discovered this German-language video. It tries to explain the conflict:
    http://www.focus.de/politik/videos/anschaulich-erklaert-warum-gibt-es-einen-konflikt-im-nahen-osten_id_4049760.html

  14. Belligerent Rabbit on December 17, 2014, 9:52 am

    This can’t ‘square’ with the Yinon Plan; so it’s the old one step forward and two steps back shuffle.

    I think the word we’re looking for here is synergy.

  15. DoyDoy on December 17, 2014, 10:52 am

    Who thinks Israel will leave in two years? Give them and inch they will take ten miles! Tell them get out now! And leave your housing were it is. You destroyed all of ours !! I, do not speak with a forked tongue.

  16. Kay24 on December 17, 2014, 11:22 am

    So finally there is some hope for the Palestinians. Does “in principle” mean it is up to Israel to agree to peace talks? We know that will never happen. Apparently the Boobi is p.off that Hamas has been kept of the list of terrorists by the EU courts, and he reminds all Europeans that they have not learnt the lessons of the holocaust. Heh, this from a man who keeps periodically sending his killer troops into Gaza to mow the lawn especially the tiny blades of grass.

    “The European Parliament accepted, with a large majority, a decision expressing support “in principle” of the recognition of a Palestinian state, along with furthering negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Some 498 parliamentarians voted in favor of the motion, 88 voted against it, and 111 abstained.

    The European Parliament “supports in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced,” read the motion, whose phrasing reflected a compromise between various European parties.

    The motion stressed that the European Parliament’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state is based on the fact that the Palestine Liberation Organization had recognized the State of Israel in 1993.

    The motion is only symbolic, having no practical implications, and its wording is mild in comparison with similar ones passed by the British, French, Irish and Portuguese parliaments. The motions passed by the above-mentioned parliaments called on their respective governments to recognize a Palestinian state immediately, without any link or conditioning to the existence of negotiations with Israel on a permanent settlement to the conflict.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.632364

  17. Teapot on December 17, 2014, 11:57 am

    Today, members of the Fourth Geneva Convention met in Geneva, but I guess the Washington Post would much rather whine about how everyone picks on poor Israel instead of reporting on the outcome of the conference.

    “Indeed, an examination of movement into occupied territory in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Western Sahara, and Cyprus would be both timely and instructive. Needless to say, this is not what the state parties will be discussing. They are, sadly, not interested in the Geneva Conventions, but only their possible use against Israel. ”
    – Eugene Kontorovich (Washington Post)

    link to washingtonpost.com

  18. Felipe on December 18, 2014, 4:54 am

    Unless all settlements are removed from Palestinian land and “security” control is relinquished to a joint Palestinian-UN peacekeeping force, whatever is discussed in this upcoming talks will end up being little more than hot air. The settlement project was DESIGNED to establish facts on the ground and preempt the existence of a viable contiguous Palestinian state. Moreover, most of the settlers themselves seem to be fanatical religious nationalists that will only end up creating trouble for future PA governments since, aside their profound hatred of Palestinians, they will not relinquish access to land and resources badly needed by the native population to rebuild their decimated economy. This has all the markings of a disaster in the making, abetted sadly enough by the corrupt leadership at the head of the PA.

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