Former Amb.: Israel Should Set ´Red Lines´ for Talks with PA (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/17/12)
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Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and
former advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, said on Monday
that Israel should set ‘red lines’ should it restart negotiations
with the Palestinian Authority.
Dr. Gold, who currently serves as President of the Jerusalem Center
for Public Affairs, spoke to Arutz Sheva ahead of a meeting between
Netanyahu and the PA’s Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, on Tuesday. Last
week it was reported that Netanyahu will seek direct talks with PA
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during the meeting.
According to his office, Netanyahu will propose "raising the level of
talks" and holding face-to-face negotiations with Abbas.
Gold told Arutz Sheva that he believes Netanyahu has actually started
drawing his ‘red lines’ when he stressed the importance of an Israeli
security presence in the Jordan Valley as part of a future agreement
with the PA.
He added that a demand that Abbas recognize the State of Israel as
the state of the Jewish people is another red line that should be set
Gold also addressed recent reports, according to which Fayyad intends
to demand, during the meeting with Netanyahu, that Israel return to
the indefensible pre-1967 borders, halt all construction in Judea and
Samaria and release all PA prisoners. He described these demands
as “a dream” of the PA leadership, noting that the question now is
whether any negotiations will be held based on dreams or on red lines.
On Sunday, it was reported that during the meeting on Tuesday, Fayyad
will present Netanyahu with a letter from Abbas, in which the PA
Chairman writes that Israel’s actions have stripped the Palestinian
Authority of its “raison d´etre”, creating a reality which cannot
“As a result of actions taken by successive Israeli governments, the
Palestinian National Authority no longer has any authority, and no
meaningful jurisdiction in the political, economic, territorial and
security spheres,” says the letter.
“In other words, the PA lost its raison d´etre which, if it
continues, will make it unable to honor its commitments,” Abbas says,
referring to the multiple agreements signed with Israel since the
1993 Oslo Accords, which brought about the creation of the
Palestinian Authority a year later.
Jordan recently hosted a series of “exploratory meetings” between
Israeli and PA representatives. However, the PA refused to continue
to talk after those meetings and Abbas has continued to impose
preconditions on negotiations, also threatening to cancel any
agreements signed between the sides after 2000.
Abbas may be reacting to the fact that the world - and even the
Israeli left and Israel´s Arabs - has lost much of its interest in
the Palestinian Arab cause, as can be seen by the failed flytilla and
March on Jerusalem, one reason being that the Arab Spring has shown
where the real problems are. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/17/12)
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