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US Re-Defines ‘Unilateral’ to Justify PA Burying the Oslo Accords

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The United States stated on Wednesday that not every resolution the Palestinian Authority presents to the United Nations Security Council is necessarily a ”unilateral” step, a term used in the Oslo Accords that prohibits Israel and the Palestinian Authority from taking steps that would preclude negotiations.

Article XXXI of the Oslo 2 Accords, signed by the Palestinian Authority and Israel, states:

Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.

This article prohibits unilateral measures which would alter the legal status of the areas, such as annexation or declaration of statehood.

Every time the Palestinian Authority turns to the United Nations, it is a unilateral action that violates the Oslo Accords. In truth, it doesn’t matter because there have been enough other gross violations that render it null and void.

Examples are, unilaterally halting security cooperation with Israel, exceeding the overall limit on the number of Palestinian “police,” failure to coordinate movement of Palestinian police, detention of Israeli citizens without notifying Israel, and failure to enforce restrictions on visitors’ permits

The United States has consistently winked its eye at the violations, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki revealed that the Obama administration has turned around former policy by specifically putting a stamp of approval on the Palestinian Authority’s proposing a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on its future status if it “does not prejudge the outcome of the negotiations.”

How can she do such a thing? It’s simple. You just re-define the word “unilateral.”

Here is what deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf had to say last May, referring to Palestinian Authority threats to approach to the United Nations when her boss’s Peace Talks Follies fell apart:

We don’t think either side should do anything to complicate efforts right now to build the trust necessary to resume negotiations. No one should take any steps that undermine trust, including unilateral.

That was six months ago.

Psaki told reporters Tuesday, “UN Security Council resolution is not, in our view, a unilateral measure by either one of the parties. There are the – obviously, the details are what matter. And so our objection here, and our objection historically has been to measures that would prejudge the outcome of the negotiations. If you had a Security Council resolution from the Palestinians, which we’ve had in the past, that sought to have them recognized as a member of the – of – as a member state, that’s a unilateral action, as you all know. But if you were to do some kind of terms of reference in the Security Council resolution, that would not be what we would consider to be a unilateral step….

“We have supported a range of actions in the past. What we haven’t supported is steps that are unilateral actions that predetermine the outcome of negotiations.”

Kerry, speaking from London, said, “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations or speculate on a U.N. Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled, no matter what pronouncements are made publicly about it.”

In plain talk, the U.S. State Dept. has given the green light for a resolution that does not specifically recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country  but leaves the door open for a resolution that calls on Israel to commit itself to “negotiations” based on Israel “withdrawing” from all land that is to be part of a new Arab country.

The fancy semantic footwork is the expertise of western diplomats trying to prejudge an outcome of negotiations by leaving open no other possibility.

Palestinian Authority Going to force Advance Goal of ‘State of Palestine’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to go ahead and press its case for getting closer to statehood Wednesday at the United Nations Security Council. Jordan, a rotating member, will be the formal conduit for the presentation of the PA proposal at the session of the UNSC.

This, despite the fact that the PA itself is not united — even under its own “unity government.”

The Ramallah-based PA government is led by Mahmoud Abbas, who also heads the government’s leading Fatah faction.

But Gaza is ruled by the Hamas terrorist organization, and Abbas still is unable to even enter that region, with or without bodyguards.

Nevertheless, the draft resolution calls sets November 2016 as the deadline for Israel to withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines, the border is also known to Arab nations as the “1967 line” where occupying Arab nations lost their grip on Judea, Samaria, much of Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The United States has always been the most reliable of the five permanent members of the Council to whom Israel could turn for protection and support – but apparently not anymore.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Tuesday that America had made “no determinations” as to how it would vote on any possible resolution presented Wednesday.

Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday in Rome to discuss the upcoming vote, then followed that up with talks in Paris with his counterparts from Britain, Germany and France. He later met in London with PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Arab League representatives, cautioning them, too, that the U.S. had yet to make a final decision about its stance.

Former Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, meanwhile, told Kerry in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening the proposal “is also bad for the Israeli sides who want a fair and permanent status agreement” with the PA.

Last week Livni announced a merger with Labor party leader Isaac Herzog for Israel’s upcoming national elections.

UN Security Council May Jilt Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has not yet secured the nine votes needed to approve a United Nations Security Council resolution setting a deadline for Israel to expel 10 percent of its population from parts of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told a Nazareth-based radio station Monday that Palestinians have yet to secure a two-thirds majority of the council.

The proposal, which calls for Israel to shrink to less than half its current size is supposed to come before the Security Council Wednesday, where majority approval could force the United States into the uncomfortable decision of deciding whether or not to veto the resolution.

Several European nations are formulating an alternate proposal calling for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority as a country through negotiations within two years.

On the other hand, PA delegate to the United Nations Riad Monsor said negotiations  are “history.”

The Palestinian Authority may have outsmarted itself.

It cannot save face by backing down from going to the United Nations unless  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry comes up some fancy semantics that can take PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas off from a weak and long limb on a tall tree.

Mansour insisted Tuesday, “Tomorrow, it is almost certain that a draft will be put into blue ink ,meaning a resolution will be put on the table of the Security Council.

That will get the Palestinian Authority off the hook with the Arab world that wants to see if it can finally go all the way and in effect tell the United States to take a long walk on a short pier.

But the Security Council is not going to vote on any resolution right away, and, in fact, it does not have to vote on it at all.

If Abbas does not come up with  enough support on the Council when the chips are down, he might be very happy to let Kerry save him for embarrassment and agree to some sort of cockeyed double-talk that makes as much sense as the entire “peace process.”

The Palestinian Authority may will have  a better chance of securing the needed two-thirds majority on January 1, when Venezuela and Malaysia will be new rotating members of the U.N. Security Council. On the other hand Jordan and Chile will leave the Council.

Netanyahu Says Israel Will not Accept Palestinian Authority ‘Diktat’

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday before leaving for Monday’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, “In recent years we have rebuffed recurrent attempts to dictate conditions to us that would have harmed Israel’s security and which are incompatible with genuine peace.

“This time as we will we will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable. In the reality in which Islamic terrorism is reaching out to all corners of the globe, we will rebuff any attempt that would put this terrorism inside our home, inside the State of Israel. I will make this unequivocally clear.

“We will stand firm in the face of any diktat.”

Kerry Tries to Head Off Abbas at the Pass

Monday, December 15th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold meetings in Rome with Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat today or tomorrow even while Erekat insists it will request by Monday “at the latest” to recognize it is a country based and officially reject Israel’s borders.

Kerry also will talk with Russian and other foreign officials Sunday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is flying to Rome today and will speak with Kerry Monday in a meeting that is scheduled for “several hours.”

The American view, as usual, is that its brokering the failed peace process is what will bring peace on earth and good will to men.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and reduce the potential for more conflict, and we’re exploring various possibilities to that end,” Kerry said Friday.

Several Israeli Cabinet ministers have said what others are too diplomatic or too scared to say – that Kerry could reduce tensions if he simply would bud out.

Netanyahu has angered the Obama administration by not agreeing to another building freeze for Jews in Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem, all claimed by the Palestinian Authority, knowing that doing so would be one step before a de facto recognition that Jews must not live there.

The Palestinian Authority has angered the Obama administration because it thinks Washington let it down by not bending Israel’s will.

Kerry is galloping to Rome to try to head off the official PA request to the United Nations to dictate what the “Peace Profess” was not able to dictate – submission of Israel to the will of the world for which the Oslo Accord’s stipulation for a negotiated agreement with Israel was only a tactic to make Arab demands an ultimatum.

This is not analysis. This is the Palestinian Authority’s officially stated policy that “negotiations” never were intended.

Its official WAFA news agency reported Sunday:

The Palestinian leadership is convinced that the negotiations path in its current form is not effective and makes the statehood an indefinite issue, therefore, the ministry has considered activating all possible operational tools to create an interactive new state out of the ordinary framework to achieve the same goal, which is recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

Its chief “negotiator” Erekat said on Sunday it will submit a resolution to the United Nations “in the coming few hours, or maybe on Monday” to recognize the Palestinian Authority based on the Temporary Armistice Lines drawn up in 1949 and which were erased in the Arab world’s attempt to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

“We want a clear and specific resolution for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, resolving all the final status issues, releasing all detainees and refugees and labeling settlement activity illegal and should be stopped immediately, including in Jerusalem,” Erekat said.

President Barack Obama is hiding his “veto” card in the United Nations Security Council. Israel can no longer count on him to use it and block the resolution.

The final text that Erekat will submit, if he does, is not yet known because there are several versions flying around.

Kerry will meet separately with Abbas and Netanyahu to try to come up with a resolution that Israel can stomach.

The United States already has threatened to use the veto to foil a Jordanian draft that sets the borders in stone and gives Israel until November 2016 to honor them by expelling more than half a million Jews, abandoning property worth hundreds of billions of dollars and giving the Palestinian Authority army the key  to “protect” Israel.

Netanyahu Says Israel Can Withstand PA’s UN Diplomatic Attack

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says the Jewish State will withstand the diplomatic ambush being prepared by the Palestinian Authority and Arab Nations in the halls of the United Nations.

Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s weekly government cabinet meeting this week that any resolution to force Israel to withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines by November 2016 – as is called for in a draft resolution circulated by Jordan – will be rejected by the UN Security Council.

“This will bring the radical Islamic elements to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “We will not allow this. We will rebuff this forcefully and responsibly. Let there be no doubt; this will be rejected.”

Washington appeared to waffle on whether or not to commit to a concrete veto of any resolution that would force an Israeli withdrawal to the “1967 lines,” as the 1949 Armistice lines are sometimes referred to.

Nevertheless, a senior U.S. official told the Reuters news agency the Palestinian Authority proposal as currently phrased was not acceptable.

“The Palestinian draft through the Jordanians contains a hard deadline for the withdrawal from the West Bank of two years, so that is not the way we would look at handling a very complicated security negotiation, by simply mandating a flat deadline of two years,” the official explained.

Netanyahu has made it clear that the most recent spate of rocket fire from Gaza during last summer’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge underscored the risks Israelis have faced daily since the last time a major piece of territory was handed back to PA Arabs. More than 12,000 rockets, missiles and mortars have peppered southern and central Israel since that time, killing and mutilating thousands of Israeli civilians. That was the price for having uprooted nearly two dozen Jewish towns and expelled nearly 9,000 families from their homes and businesses – and in Judea and Samaria alone, nearly half a million Jews call the region “home.”

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu in Rome to discuss the various alternative proposals circulating around the UN.

Kerry then travels to Paris for talks with his European counterparts before leaving for London, where he will meet with Arab envoys.

PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat will join a delegation of foreign ministers from the Arab League in meeting with Kerry in hopes of persuading the U.S. not to use its veto in the UN Security Council against the PA proposal.

Kerry Summons Netanyahu to Rome for Urgent Meeting before PA Bid to UN

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has summoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to an urgent meeting next Monday ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote in two weeks on a Palestinian Authority timetable to demand Israel’s withdrawal to the old Temporary Armistice Lines by 2016.

Haaretz, which often is privy to reports from ”anonymous” senior officials when it comes to cooperation with the Obama, reported that the Kerry-Netanyahu talks will last for several hours.

The Office of the Prime Minister told The Jewish Press it could not confirm or deny the report.

President Barack Obama does not want to be put in a position to have to decide whether or not to veto an anti-Israel decision by the Security Council.PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has served notice that he no longer is interested in the American-backed “peace process” and that he will achieve his demands via the United Nations, where the General Assembly is overloaded with pro-Arab countries.

As an alternative proposal to the 2016 deadline, France has suggested a two-year deadline for permanent agreement based on the “Green Line” borders that were erased by the Sic-Day War in 1967.

The French proposal is based on Israel accepting the old borders with the exception of land swaps, and that Jerusalem be divided between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Haaretz reported that it is not clear if Kerry will propose his own proposal.

Obama and Kerry’s insistence on forcing an agreement down the throats of both sides, instead of living up to their former word that it cannot bargain for both parties, has left them high and dry.

Israel has refused to buckle under pressure for another building freeze on homes for Jews.

Abbas has snubbed Washington by declaring the “peace process” dead and by essentially telling the United States he can get what he wants in the United Nations, with or without Obama.

The timing of the U.N. vote is incredible because of the sudden election campaign in Israel.

Assuming the Security Council approves the Palestinian Authority proposal, an American veto would spoil the case by anti-Netanyahu parties that the Prime Minister has destroyed good relations with the United States.

The lack of a veto would instantly be seen as an attempt to undermine Netanyahu and interfere in the elections.

If the Obama administration would have taken the opportunity to chuck the whole mess it has fostered, it would be off the hook.

Instead, Obama might find himself hanging on it.

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