‘Peace talks’: Kerry in Jerusalem to keep peace talks alive

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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Mar 20, 2013 – ‘How Obama Became Netanyahu’
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/how-obama-became-netanyahu0.html

August 4, 2013 – ‘Kerry makes new, ambitious Mideast peace push’
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22977410/kerry-meets-israeli-leaders-push-mideast-peace

November 2, 2013 – ‘US Must Sell Peace Talks to Israeli, Palestinian Public’
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/opinion/2013/08/palestinian-media-rights-peace-talks.html

November 12, 2013  – Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

3 hours ago – Abbas: ‘Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over’
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#.UoLEmvk2aLc

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4 Responses to ‘Peace talks’: Kerry in Jerusalem to keep peace talks alive

  1. kruitvat says:

    November 12, 2013 – Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank

    Adam Horowitz on November 12, 2013

    Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.

    Oppenheimer:

    The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.

    The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.

    More from Haaretz:

    The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.

    The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

  2. kruitvat says:

    November 13, 2013 – 1 hour ago – Middle East peace process nears collapse
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east-peace-process-nears-collapse-20131113-2xf86.html

  3. kruitvat says:

    November 12, 2013 – ‘Israeli Move Over Housing Poses a Threat To Peace Talks’

    3 mins ago – JERUSALEM — The troubled Middle East peace talks that started this summer threatened to collapse

    JERUSALEM — The troubled Middle East peace talks that started this summer threatened to collapse on Tuesday over what the Israeli government described as a routine bureaucratic move by its housing ministry to start long-term planning for 20,000 new apartments in West Bank settlements.

    Saeb Erekat, the lead Palestinian negotiator, said in an interview that he had informed American, European, Russian and Arab diplomats on Tuesday evening that if Israel did not withdraw the call for new housing plans, “we will consider it a declaration of the termination of negotiations.”

    “This is not going to be tolerated,” Mr. Erekat said. “Either they revoke this order or they will be held responsible for the end of the peace process.”

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel released a statement near midnight saying he had instructed the housing minister to reconsider the plans, noting that they had not been coordinated with his office. Earlier, Mr. Netanyahu froze construction plans related to a particularly contentious area outside Jerusalem known as E1 for fear of exacerbating tensions with the United States, which had escalated in recent days because of deep disagreements about both settlement construction and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

    The tempest erupted after days of unusually harsh public statements by Mr. Netanyahu and Secretary of State John Kerry, and revealed the internal political challenges Mr. Netanyahu faces in trying to control members of his own government, including the housing minister, who oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    “This is a meaningless step — legally and in practice — and an action that creates an unnecessary confrontation with the international community, at a time when we are making an effort to persuade elements in the international community to reach a better deal with Iran,” Mr. Netanyahu said in the late-night statement. “At this time, the attention of the international community must not be diverted from the main effort: preventing Iran from receiving an agreement that will allow it to continue its military nuclear program.”

    It is unclear whether the review of the settlement plans, which the housing minister agreed to, would satisfy the Palestinians, who scheduled an emergency leadership meeting for Wednesday and were considering taking the matter to the United Nations Security Council or the International Criminal Court. A second Palestinian negotiator, Muhammad Shtayyeh, submitted his resignation from the peace talks on Tuesday.

    Mr. Erekat had earlier dismissed as “not serious” the insistence by the prime minister’s office that the housing announcement was only an expression of long-term goals, not a decision to actually build. “This chain of lies must stop,” he said. “This is a government of the settlers, by the settlers and for the settlers.”

    American officials were working with both sides to contain the crisis. Before Mr. Netanyahu’s order to reconsider the move, a White House spokeswoman said the Obama administration was “deeply concerned” about it, adding, “We do not consider settlement planning, even in its early stages, to be a step that creates a positive environment for the negotiations.”

    During a visit here last week aimed at regaining momentum in the stalled talks, Mr. Kerry had criticized Israel’s continued construction in the settlements.

    “If you say you’re working for peace and you want peace and a Palestine that is a whole Palestine that belongs to the people who live there, how can you say, ‘We’re planning to build in the place that will eventually be Palestine’? ” Mr. Kerry said in a joint television interview with Israeli and Palestinian journalists. “It sends a message that somehow, perhaps, you’re not really serious. If you announce planning, I believe it is disruptive to the process.”

    Relations between the United States and Israel have only deteriorated since, with Mr. Netanyahu relentlessly criticizing the interim deal Mr. Kerry had been trying to broker in which Iran would freeze much of its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions. “There is no need to rush into a bad deal,” the prime minister reiterated on Tuesday.

    Mr. Netanyahu’s halting of the construction planning process in E1 — a vast, hilly expanse between East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim — was a sign that he was trying to cool the temperatures. Palestinians contend that construction in E1, short for East 1, would disrupt the contiguity of their future state. A year ago, Israel prompted an international uproar by declaring its intention to build there a day after the United Nations voted to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to an observer state.

    Yariv Oppenheimer, director of Peace Now, which opposes Jewish settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories, said E1 was “very sensitive for Americans, but all the other places are not less controversial.”

    Ariel Rosenberg, a spokesman for the Housing Ministry, said earlier in the day, before Mr. Netanyahu’s admonition to reconsider the construction plans, that Israel would build “all over the country.”

    Separately, Avigdor Lieberman, reinstated as Israel’s foreign minister after an acquittal on fraud charges, expressed concern on Tuesday about the disconnect between Israel and the United States. His comments seemed like a rebuke to Mr. Netanyahu, and surprising given his history of speaking bluntly and his own hawkish views on both Iran and the Palestinian issue.

    “We need to understand that relations with the U.S. are foundations set in stone — without them we can’t maneuver in the contemporary world,” Mr. Lieberman told the diplomatic corps at the Foreign Ministry headquarters, according to an Israeli news site. “All these differences of opinion, which are natural and have always existed, should simply not be aired as publicly as they were.”

    Michael D. Shear contributed reporting from Washington, and Isabel Kershner from Jerusalem.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/world/middleeast/netanyahu-halts-some-settlement-plans-but-others-to-proceed.html

  4. kruitvat says:

    Call to suspend peace talks after Lieberman is reinstated

    12 November 2013

    Arab MK Jamal Zahalqeh has called upon the Palestinian Authority to “immediately” stop peace talks with Israel in the wake of the Knesset’s overwhelming vote on Monday to return Avigdor Lieberman to head the Foreign Ministry.
    Zahalqeh, who is the leader of the Arab Tajamo Bloc in the Knesset, explained that: “Reassigning this extremist figure represents the real view of the Israeli government. It is unreasonable to talk about peace with Lieberman or any of his likes.”
    According to Zahalqeh, criminal charges against Lieberman constitute the least serious complaint against him: “He spread hate and practiced racial violence against Arabs. He came by fascist and poisoned winds and calls for the transfer of Arabs.”
    Zahalqeh also pointed out that when Lieberman was a university student, he was a member of the extremist right wing student group known as “Castel”, led by extremist Tzahi Hanagbi.
    Speaking in front the plenary session, Arab MK Basel Ghattas also criticised the reassignment: “Voting for this man reveals the rightist agenda for this current Israeli government.”
    He added that: “This shows how the government uses Minister Tzipi Livni as a fig leaf to cover its racist agenda. Lieberman represents the political agenda for Netanyahu and his government.”
    Lieberman resigned as foreign minister of the previous Israeli government after corruption charges were filed against him. However after he was acquitted of all charges earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that he would pave the way ahead for Lieberman to rejoin his cabinet.

    See more at: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/8287-call-to-suspend-peace-talks-after-lieberman-is-reinstated

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