Friday, April 30, 2010

Obama to Call World Summit if Mideast Peace Talks Fail

Curt Here...

The push for Mideast peace continues as President Obama has made it very clear that he is determined to use his influence to help establish a Palestinian state.

In the article posted below it is being reported that President Obama will give the Israelis and the Palestinians a few more months to come to an agreement between themselves and if they don't the quartet will get involved through a world Mideast peace summit.

The implications are clear, Israel has to agree now to two states living side by side through direct talks with the Palestinians or, they will be forced by the international community towards that end later. The problem with this approach is the Palestinian President Abbas knows this. How can Israel negotiate with a partner that already knows they are going to get everything that they demand one way or the other?

This problem for Israel couldn't be more obvious. Especially when everyone involved already knows the end game. Here is a very revealing statement made by Abbas, he said "We want our state to be declared under an international agreement, if this could not happen, the Arabs will go to the UN Security Council to get recognition of Palestinian statehood."

Just a quick reminder to everyone who has maybe not followed this that closely, this idea of a UN Security Council resolution declaring Palestinian statehood was first floated by Javier Solana back in the Summer of 2009. Every since then, President Obama has appeared to be working towards this end. So from my perspective this seems to be a coordinated attempt by the powers that be to force this agreement upon Israel, and the Palestinians know it.

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Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail

U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October, he will convene an international summit on achieving Mideast peace, senior Israeli officials told Haaretz on Thursday.

The officials said the conference would be run by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - in a bid to forge a united global front for creating a Palestinian state. The summit, they said, would address such core issues as borders, security arrangements, Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

Obama is determined to exert his influence to establish a Palestinian state, the officials said, and several European leaders have vowed that the EU would support any peace plan proposed by Washington. Therefore, though so-called proximity talks are set to start in the coming weeks, Obama is already readying for the possibility that the indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks might reach a dead end.

...Abbas, for his part, will visit China on Friday, and in advance of this visit, he told the state-run news agency Xinhua that the Obama administration had promised him it would work to prevent any provocative Israeli moves during the negotiations.

"We want our state to be declared under an international agreement," Abbas told the agency while visiting the Jordanian capital of Amman Thursday. "If this could not happen, the Arabs will go to the UN Security Council to get recognition of Palestinian statehood."

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the70thweek said...

Obama tells Palestinians that Israel is to blame

US President Barack Obama made clear in a recent letter to the Palestinians that he views Israel as the obstacle to peace and will approach further peace efforts from that point of view, according to senior Palestinian Authority officials.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat confirmed for the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency that such a letter was sent, and that in it Obama "clarified the US stance on the peace process and Israel's intransigence on the issue of settlements."

Erekat said that the letter contained several assurances to the Palestinians, but refused to go into detail.

A day earlier, London newspaper The Guardian reported on what one of those assurances may be - a proposal to start backing official UN condemnation of any and all Israeli "settlement activity."

Washington has traditionally used its veto power to block any UN resolutions that would put Israel in a difficult position vis-à-vis allowing Jews to build on their ancestral and biblical lands. If the US were to stop vetoing such resolutions, which would likely result in an increase in condemnation, Israel could be forced to implement an unofficial Jewish building freeze across the board and for an unlimited amount of time.


Constance Cumbey said...

Excellent and timely columns!