Ashrawi: Israel ‘thwarting’ all efforts to resume peace talks

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Maan News Agency | Jan 26, 2012
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday that peace talks with Israel are ‘futile’ as long as it continues its illegal policies against Palestinians.

“With the escalation of settlement activities in and around Jerusalem, the arbitrary arrests of Palestinian representatives and lawmakers, continued annexation of Palestinian land and natural resources, and the eviction and deportation of Palestinians, Israel is thwarting all efforts to resume talks and to honor its obligations under international humanitarian law,” the PLO official said during a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday.

Ashrawi’s comments come amid other statements from Palestinian officials declaring that exploratory peace talks in Amman have ended due to Israeli intransigence.

Former PLO negotiator Nabil Shaath had said Wednesday that a 21 point proposal presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacked any detail and was “rather a composition about peace done by a high school student.”

President Abbas also dismissed the 21 point document as worthless and said the main obstacles to resuming negotiations are Israeli settlements, above all in Jerusalem, and settler violence against Palestinian communities.

Israel continues to refuse to recognize any future Palestinian borders, Abbas said during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday.

PLO official Hanna Amirah told reporters on Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership would not take a decision to extend negotiations with the Israeli side because the government of Benjamin Netanyahu “doesn’t seek at this stage to achieve any positive progress in the peace process with the Palestinian Authority.”

Palestine’s Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour had told a UN Security Council briefing on Wednesday that Palestinians continued to hope for freedom and justice “despite all odds.”

“The two-State solution is withering with every inch of Palestinian land seized by the occupying Power, every settlement unit constructed, every Israeli settler transferred, every wall erected, every home demolished and every Palestinian family displaced,” he said.

President Abbas said that the next move would be a consultation with an Arab League committee on February 4 to discuss progress.

The exploratory talks in Amman came as part of a proposal by the Quartet of Middle East mediators – the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations – which set a three-month deadline last October for the two sides to make proposals on issues of territory and security.

The aim is to reach a peace deal by the end of this year.

The European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, is on a regional visit to nudge Israelis and Palestinians to maintain the talks begun this month.

She has been seeking Israeli confidence-building measures for Palestinians, including freeing some prisoners and more freedom in areas of the West Bank held by Israel.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since 1967.

Reuters contributed to this report

Source Maan News Agency

Watch Caught on Camera: Ethnic Cleansing

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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