By Hiyam Noir
As Qatar on Saturday, May 28, opened the Arab monitoring committee meeting, the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem al -Thani announced that "for the moment the peace process will be suspended until the Israelis are ready for talks, a willing partner, and ready for talks on a substantial basis."
The Arab League said in a statement that it “support the appeal to the UN asking that Palestine, within the 1967 borders become a sovereign Palestinian state, and a full-fledged member state of the United Nations."
To end the longstanding Palestinian struggle, in an important policy speech on May 19, President Barack Obama proposed a two-state solution with the borders as the base for negotiation, not surprisingly unleashed a craze in diplomatic quarters. He called for the Israelis and the Palestinians to use the borders existing before the 1967 as the basis for talks to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict.
Barack Obama said in his proposal that the Palestinian future state would include the Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and mostly Arab but the Israel-annexed east Jerusalem, with some adjustments and land swaps so that the Israelis "can maintain settlement blocs". Obama also said that he hoped that the positive results regarding border security would move towards solving ' the future of Jerusalem and - the fate of Palestinian Refugees."
Not surprisingly the leader of the Zionist Enterprise, Benjamin Netanyahu rejected out-and-out the U.S. President, Barack Obama's proposal. According to Netanyahu, a Jewish state would be "indefensible", if it returned to the existing borders of 1967, which would not include all the illegal settlements.
Netanyahu also rejected a dividing of Jerusalem. Yet, today for the Palestinian people, it is simply a matter of time, and the Zionist's will have to learn to accept that Jerusalem is a central place in the Palestinian struggle. Jerusalem is sacred for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians will continue to fight for Jerusalem, the place of the beginning, and the end, of the Palestinian struggle.
The conditions outlaid by Netanyahu prove there is not a shared foundation for negotiations, Mahmoud Abbas said- “Our fundamental option is to go to the United Nations'.
On Saturday again, Mahmoud Abbas expressed his determination to command a Palestinian delegation to the United Nations Assembly meetings in September to seek recognition for a Palestinian state, - " it seam that we have no choice but to use the UN to get recognition of our state," he said, repeating the warning he made soon after Netanyahu's speech in the US Congress.
And be sure to remember, Hamas want disappear, Hamas have the right to oppose the creation of Israel, Hamas have broad democratic support within Arab polities, Hamas is not voiceless in the Arab world, and - demonizing Hamas won’t make Hamas to disappear.
UN General Assembly president Joseph Deiss had said that to be recognized at the UN, a Palestinian state will need the support of all five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, which seems unlikely...?
The long-sought- after - to-die-for moment for the Palestinian people - the recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations General Assembly this September, might either productively adjust American policy towards the Muslim world - or leave the Obama administration further sidelined and isolated.
So - not remote in time, joined by the best of humanity, the Palestinian people will celebrate the creation of the Palestinian independent state according to 1967 borders, and the Palestinian people will do everything to obtain the rights stolen from them, including confrontation with the enemy.
The Tom Haiden Peace and Resource Center writes in a great piece: The probable recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations General Assembly this September might productively realign American policy towards the Muslim world or leave the Obama administration further sidelined and isolated.
“The Palestinian Authority’s leadership has been campaigning all year for recognition, winning support from 112 countries by January and setting of a goal of 150 by September. In the absence of UN Security Council support, because of an American veto, the General Assembly can extend official recognition. The Palestinians also plan to invoke UN Resolution 377, allowing the General Assembly to enforce resolutions where the Security Council is deadlocked. The U.S. may try to claim the Security Council can veto any such recommendation to the General Assembly, but it may be facing a majority of countries that have formally granted recognition."
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