04-11-13

Palestinians still belief in American peace process

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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. 

Nearly 34 years ago, an America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism and its rule of Washington and the Mideast. 

http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

Peace talks: Half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements

 
The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel for its plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and a wall along the Jordanian border.

November 3, 2013

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, said that Washington must send the Tel Aviv regime a clear message that its actions are jeopardizing peace efforts. 

“Settlement is illegal and the fence will be removed,” the spokesman said. “There will be no peace or stability in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” 

The warning came on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Middle East region. 

Israel’s decision to build the wall and nearly 2000 more settler units has angered Palestinians ahead of the talks with Kerry. The Palestinians have threatened to go to the UN Security Council over the issue.

According to settlement watchdog, Peace Now, which opposes and tracks settlement construction activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, the tenders for 1,859 new illegal settler units were published on Sunday. 

The non-governmental organization noted that 1,031 plots were offered by Israel's Housing and Construction Ministry in the occupied West Bank, along with 828 in the East al-Quds. 

"Within a few months they will choose the winning bids and the successful contractors will be able to start building within a number of weeks," Peace Now's Settlement Watch project director, Hagit Ofran, said.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. 

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. 

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967. 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/03/332835/israel-condemned-for-construction-plans/

Peace Talks: US drone strike against Pakistan

Latest US Drone Strike Could Derail Pakistan’s Peace Talks

Interior Minister Accuses US of Deliberate Sabotage

November 1, 2013

The apparent death of Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud and 24 others in the latest US drone strike against Pakistan’s tribal areas is being touted as a “serious loss” to the TTP by US officials, but it’s potentially an even bigger blow to Pakistan’s peace talks.

Hakimullah had expressed openness to peace talks, but had recently conditioned them on the Pakistani government being able to follow through on its promises to end the drone strikes. His death not only replaces him with a new leader who may not be so interested, but brings the drones to the fore of the group’s mind again.

The peace talks had been slow to get off the ground, again because of the drones, and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accused the US of deliberate “sabotage” of the process by launching the strikes today.

If it does damage the peace talks as much as seems likely, expect some serious retaliation from Pakistan, and particularly from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah provincial government, which has threatened to cut off US supplies to Afghanistan if the strikes don’t end.

Imran Khan, the head of that provincial government, lashed today’s attack, saying it was a direct attack against the peace process, and warning that it would seriously damage US-Pakistan relations.

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/11/01/latest-us-drone-strike-could-derail-pakistans-peace-talks/

January 12th, 2012 - 'US inches closer to peace talks with Taliban'
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/12/us-inches-closer-to-peace-talks-with-taliban/

May 24, 2013 - Obama: 'US will Continue its Targeted Killing with Drones' (Woods)
http://www.juancole.com/2013/05/continue-targeted-killing.html