PressTV – Israel orders skids on Palestinian state

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Rafael Barak asked Israeli charges d’affairs on Monday to launch an urgent diplomatic campaign towards achieving that end at the bureaus of the prime ministers, foreign ministers and parliament in each respective country, the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz reported on its website.

Barak said the Palestinian Authority (PA) was engaged in advancing a Security Council resolution condemning settlement construction, getting international recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, and improving the diplomatic status of Palestinian envoys in Europe, East Asia and Latin America.

“The Palestinian proceedings arose from disappointment with American policy and the lack of progress in the political process,” Barak wrote in a classified cable obtained by the Israeli paper.

The Israeli envoys received a “legal position paper” along with the cable that they were instructed to pass on to their interlocutors, insisting that only direct negotiations could end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The cable further ruled out advancing a UN resolution on the issue of settlements, saying it would not bring the sides back to the negotiating table, but would “hurt attempts to renew talks.”The envoys were to focus on the argument that the permanent status of the West Bank and Gaza must be determined through negotiations and that the Palestinian proceedings violated all accords and international resolutions regarding Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erakat said on Sunday that 10 European Union member states are to upgrade the status of the Palestinian representative offices in their capitals, which would give the staff full diplomatic immunity.

Support for an independent, sovereign Palestinian state has notably grown following the collapse of US-sponsored PA-Israeli talks over Tel Aviv’s refusal to halt its illegal West Bank settlements.

Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay announced earlier in December recognition of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank.

The decision to seek international recognition of a Palestinian state was designed to shift the conflict from one over the “occupied Palestinian territories” to one over an “occupied state with defined borders,” Erakat said.

He said that while the Palestinians did not expect the recognition to end Israeli occupation, it would increase international support for the Palestinians and their cause.

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PressTV – Israel orders skids on Palestinian state.

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