PA Protests Settlements at Security Council (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/10/12)
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The Palestinian Authority filed a letter of protest against Israel
with the United Nations Security Council over Israeli construction in
Judea and Samaria.
Monday´s letter from PA envoy Riyad Mansour accused Israel of being
insincere in its claims to be ready to make peace with the
He argued that Israel´s "illegal and destructive plans" for building
new settlements will "prevent a two-state solution."
Officials in Ramallah demand Israel accept the indefensible pre-1967
lines as borders for a future PA state, release all Arab terrorists
from its prisons, and halt all construction in the ´disputed
territories´ before the now-moribund peace process can resume.
Israeli officials have said they a ready to resume talks immediately,
and have rejected all preconditions saying are intended as a fait
accompli by the PLO intended to forestall talks.
They note that a previous 10-month building freeze in Judea and
Samaria intended to meet PA demands was rebuffed and answered with
more preconditions, including a failed unilateral statehood bid at
the United Nations Security Council in violation of the 1993 Oslo
Mansour´s letter comes two days before a scheduled meeting in
Washington of representatives of the Quartet for Middle East Peace -
the European Union, Russia, United Nations, and United States.
Also, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to receive a letter
from PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat next Tuesday that is expected
to include PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas´ restatement of Ramallah´s
Netanyahu is expected to reject Abbas´ preconditions and demand the
PLO return immediately to the negotiating table in good faith.
Abbas, in turn, is expected to turn to the 193-member UN General
Assembly and ask for observer status for the PA. Abbas last September
angrily rejected such a move, but his bid for full membership in the
Security Council remains a dead letter.
The move is consistent with the PLO´s December 2011 decision to
adopt "a strategy based on continuous efforts along with the
international community to secure full recognition and full United
Nations membership, pursuing internal reconciliation, and keeping up
the popular resistance." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/10/12)
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