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US criticizes Israel, Palestinians for jeopardizing talks

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories - Israel and the Palestinians both drew criticism from the White House on Wednesday for tit-for-tat moves that have brought US-sponsored peace talks close to collapse.

More than 15 months of shuttle diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry were in jeopardy after Israel made a new bid to expand settlements in annexed Arab east Jerusalem and the Palestinians took fresh steps towards seeking recognition of their promised state.

White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest expressed disappointment at "unhelpful, unilateral actions both parties have taken in recent days".

He added that "tit-for-tat" actions were counterproductive but despite ominous signs, the US administration still believed diplomacy had a chance.

"There is a path for us to diplomatically find a way for there to be a safe, secure Jewish state of Israel existing alongside an independent, secure Palestinian state as well," Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to hold late-night talks with US mediators in a bid to break the deadlock, a source close to the talks said.

The trigger for the crisis was Israel's refusal to release 26 Palestinian prisoners by a weekend deadline, prompting a Palestinian move to sign 15 international treaties as a way of unilaterally furthering their claim for statehood.

Both sides regarded the other's move as a violation of the undertakings they had given when the current round of peace talks were launched last July under Kerry's sponsorship after a three-year hiatus.

The moves left in tatters Kerry's frenetic efforts to broker an extension of the negotiations beyond their original April 29 deadline.

'Real process without tricks'

Despite the treaty move, a senior Palestinian official insisted president Mahmud Abbas remained committed to the US peace efforts.

"The Palestinian leadership... wants the political process to continue. But we want a real political process, without tricks," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive committee.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki echoed the support for talks, but said the membership request for the international conventions had been submitted.

The United Nations confirmed its special envoy on Middle East peace, Robert Serry, had received Palestinian requests to join 13 international conventions and treaties.

"We will be reviewing them to consider the appropriate next steps," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN secretary general.

The treaties include the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, the convention on the rights of the child, the convention against torture, and one against corruption.

The Palestinian Authority has also asked Switzerland if it can join the Fourth Geneva Convention from August 1949 and the first additional protocol. And it has asked the Netherlands if it can join the Hague Convention of 1907 on laws and customs governing war.

1 Comment
April 3, 2014    arielyshein@
Arabs refusal to recognize Israel, the Jewish state, was valid in 1947 and reminds valid as well today.

All the other issues discussed by the Arabs are only tactical means to divert the world form the main issue-Arabs quest to destroy Israel.
(I must agree that they are quite successful in diverting the attention.
They are acting in line with the Takiyya doctrine, lying and masking their goals to the infidels)

Following 3 appetizers example said only in Arabic and not English or any other language.

1:After the Arabs attack the infant defending Israel on 1948:
Egypt controlled Gaza.
Jordan controlled the West bank.
Palestinians could demand independence.
They could form a Palestine state.
!!!! By they did not-- guess why?!!!.

2: Al Jazeera interview:
"If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go""

3:"The peace talks with Israel are part of ARAB STARTEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL and threaten its legitimacy."
Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah in Lebanon.
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The only way to help to promote a real peace is to stop funding the Palestinians by USA and EU.
The Palestinians received funds more than 4 times highs compared to the help provided to Europe by the Marshal plan after the ww2.
Europe used the funds to build in a short time a prosperous democratic society with high moral values.
The Palestinians are using the funds for:
*hate preaching and teaching,
*funding massive terrorism worldwide
* leaders living a luxury life
*invest in any type of action promoting endless conflict
*suppressing the Christians that population dropped from about 140,000 in 1967 to 51,000 in 2013,
Provide funds only for peace promoting actions on the ground. Israel the Jewish state and declare end of conflict.
The Arabs know the west very well.
Hasan Nasrala said:
""The west will sell all their values for a good economic deal with the Arabs""
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The following Oscar Wild great sentence is applicable to naive (or not- who knows?) president Obama demands from Israel:
""True friends stab you in the front."
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