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Friday, September 16, 2011

PA 'statehood' bid to be watered down?

Working with the quartet's special envoy, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen is in the process of walking back his 'statehood' bid to something that might garner more broad-based international support, according to a report in the London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat.
According to the report, of the 20 paragraphs in the proposal, four of them had been agreed upon at the time of publication.

The first paragraph calls for a renewal of negotiations with Israel for a minimum of six months, followed by an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, the report said.

The next paragraph, upon which there is agreement, calls for Israel to stop implementing unilateral actions regarding settlements, in exchange for Palestinians fulfilling their security obligations.

Later on in the proposal, is a provision by which the United Nations General Assembly would invite Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to give a speech in which he declares his commitment to the United Nations' principles.

Further stipulations call on the General Assembly to receive reports from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund regarding how officials may effectively govern the Palestinian state once it is established.

Among the paragraphs which have yet to be agreed upon, are references to a declaration of independence made in 1988, rulings by the International Criminal Court on the status of the West Bank and the security barrier, and a confirmation of the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, the report said.

The Al Hayat report comes after Quartet envoy Tony Blair presented a proposal to Israel and the Palestinians this week that would immediately keep the Palestinian Authority from taking a statehood recognition resolution to a vote at the UN, enabling the sides to continue working with the international community for a formula that would enable a return to negotiations.

The Jerusalem Post has learned that under this proposal, the Palestinians would deposit their draft resolution with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who himself would bring it to the General Assembly by the end of the current session that runs until December 28, if negotiations were not renewed.
Here's the key paragraph:
It was also far from certain that even if the proposal was accepted, the two sides would be able to use the additional time to do something they haven’t succeeded in doing up to this point – agree on parameters for the talks. Nevertheless, according to one diplomatic official, this could insert a positive dynamic into the stalemated diplomatic process, and give PA President Mahmoud Abbas a graceful way to backtrack from the UN move.
YNet adds:
Meanwhile, it appears that an Israeli report will call on the international community to continue its financial support of the Palestinian Authority "so long as bilateral relations continue".


A report set to be submitted by Israel next week to the meeting of international donor states that Jerusalem is calling on the international community to continue its financial support towards the Palestinian Authority, so long as bilateral relations between the two sides continue.

The report which was placed on the Foreign Ministry website present the joint US, EU committee with the "steps taken by Israel for the support and development of the Palestinian economy and socio-economic structure."

Global media reported that this was a surprising move in light of the planned Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood, but the report revealed that Israel's clearly states that the recommendation for support is under the condition of continued "bilateral relations".
Follow the money - I guess the PA was afraid of having their funding cut off.

What could go wrong?

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At 5:26 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

Palestinians and their agitprop at UN:


At 7:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
It looks like the Turks are planning even something else,see here:


Have a peacefull Shabbat.

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't count on the EU-Obama efforts to preempt UN UDI. Throwing together mechanisms and procedures and letters and references to this or that condemnation of Israel are unlikely to restrain Palestinian unilateralism. Are the Pali's showing any hint, just a hint, of backing down from an insistence on a Judenrein Yesha, a Judenrein E. Jerusalem, or right of return etc?

Latest reports still have Abbas (while, true, calling for non-violence and agreeing to the legitimacy of an Israel) still insisting on UN unilateral recognition for a Palestinian state to the east of the demarcation lines.

Since the policy of Obama and the EU is still in appeasement mode Israel would be wise to keep plan B in the quiver.


At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...btw, according to the Jerusalem Post, Abbas is insisting that UN UDI is precisely required in order to have negotiations. The UN recognition will give them the ability to then force Israel to dismantle itself to the west of the new reichlet:

"We need to have full [UN] membership within [pre-1967] borders in order to go to negotiations on a basis adopted by the world so that we may discuss the permanent issues of Jerusalem, borders, refugees - and our prisoners in Israeli prisons."


Note, the fait accompli of the "1967 borders" becomes the springboards for who knows what further territorial claims; Jerusalem is preemptively Arab and next up, right of return.

The negotiations are a formality in the Fatah mentality. It's all "what's ours is ours, what's yours is negoti...no, that's ours too."

The appeasement, the scurrying about, the little explosions of activity by the EU and Obama and their lackeys are arguably contributing to an existential crisis for Israel Bibi has yet to fully confront.

Lieberman may be getting in the game.

Cutting off funds to the PLO Fatahstan should be the least of it.


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