Abril 20, 2018

Palestinian Authority not a partner for peace — LETTER

17 Diciembre 2017, 06:40 | Crisanna Felipe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara Turkey

Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

Instead, Abbas wishes to seek the mediation of the United Nations Security Council. "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".

The writer is Israel's consul general in New York.

One such resolution, which was adopted with President Obama's blessings moments before leaving office, in December 2016, "underlines that [the UNSC] will not recognize any changes to the June 4, 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations". It is part of Prophet Muhammad's night journey and ascension to heaven. For the following four centuries, Jerusalem was ruled by Muslims and was shared by all the three Abrahamic religions until it fell during the crusades in 1099.

Indonesia has condemned President Donald Trump's decision, with President Joko Widodo joining other world Islamic leaders last Wednesday in an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. In media interviews, he said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza. Netanyahu expanded illegal Jewish settlements and carried out murderous policies against Palestinian civilians, yet continued to pay lip-service to peace.

Egypt circulated the draft text on Saturday, and diplomats said the council could vote on the proposed measure as early as Monday.

The movement also declared next Friday "Palestinian day of rage" nationwide in protest against the decision. Trump, go find someone your own size.

6 announced a break with decades of American policy, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the Holy City.

Mogherini rejected the call made by Israeli prime minister and said that there was full EU unity in support of the status quo of Jerusalem. But this does not deflect any condemnation from the Palestinian leadership as well.

Ahead of US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel, senior-level White House officials told reported that they "cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel". He was killed in Gaza today.

Typically, advocates for the Christians skirt the issue. Under the Palestinian Authority, Christian churches, statues and cemeteries and the ancient tombs of Jewish patriarchs have been desecrated.

Hamas is also calling for a new Intifada. They must realize that Jerusalem is not real estate up for sale. This will not help families. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray, at the foot of the Haram al-Sharif compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site in Islam.

"For what purpose, for what ideal should we send our children to death", he said.

But hopes for a quick resumption of peace talks may prove optimistic. They say Israel has violated international rules, that it has occupied the West Bank for far too long and that Palestinians there have been badly mistreated. None of this can ever take place with the same old faces, the same tired language and the same dead-end politics.

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