The Palestinians are preparing UNSC resolution to evacuate Jewish settlements from the West Bank of Jordan
Maale Adumim – a large Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
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The Palestinian leadership is planning to submit to the UN Security Council draft resolution declaring the Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal and demanding their evacuation. It became known yesterday. PNA will go to this step in case of failure of efforts to resume direct negotiations with Israel. In one of these villages live Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. In Tel Aviv, believes that attempts to resolve the conflict in Israel, bypassing the UN Security Council only exacerbate the situation.
The idea to cut the Gordian knot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the UN Security Council resolution in principle is not new. At the last meeting of the League of Arab States, the head of the PNA Mahmoud Abbas, reportedly offered to explore the possibility of a UNSC resolution calling for the countries – members of the organization to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. Another alternative would be treatment of Palestinians to the U.S. with a similar request for recognition.
However, the Palestinians, appears to have little faith in what Washington retreat from its longstanding tradition in the UN Security Council veto any resolution that do not meet the interests of Israel. Apparently, so there was less ambitious idea of a resolution declaring the Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal and demanding their evacuation. The fact that the Palestinian leadership planned by Arab states to submit to the Security Council of such a document, said yesterday the Israeli Haaretz.
According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta Ghassan Khatib, a spokesman for the Palestinian National Authority, while on the resolution is not adopted a formal decision – neither the Palestinians nor the Arab states. ”But at the last meeting of the League of Arab States, it was agreed that the Palestinians and the Arabs need to consider alternative options in case of failure of the peace process”, – said Khatib. Director of the Center for Government Information PNA, however, believes that the process could still be saved. He recalled that “the Arab League gave the U.S. a month to convince Israel to stop the illegal expansion of settlements in the occupied territories in order to resume the peace process.”
Savor to the issue of Jewish settlements makes the fact that the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman is living in one of these villages – Nokdim, located in the Judean desert near Bethlehem. The Secretary-General of the political movement “The Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouti said that Lieberman now has to move out:” It’s not his house. After all, he is on the ground, stolen from the Palestinians. These settlements have already deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. “ If such a resolution will be presented, Security Council should adopt it, said Barghouti. ”We, Palestinians to respect international law.Lieberman wants to be above it “- says Barghouti. Palestinians said that the current government of Israel does not want peace.
In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week: “If the Palestinians want to look for problems, we can not move forward. If they want to solve problems, then I think about different ways to bridge differences to make progress. “
Whatever it was, according to a senior Israeli source, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the process goes, but the world has seen and is not expected. In the near future will not be a comprehensive agreement governing the territorial and political disputes between the Israelis and the Palestinians. ”In this conflict, too many emotional themes – Jerusalem, refugees, settlements … National problems the most difficult. It may take 100 years before they are resolved, “- said the source,” Nezavisimaya Gazeta. According to him, now need to manage conflict.To begin to achieve security, in the second stage – the economic conditions for the existence of a Palestinian state and only the third stage will have the opportunity of a final and lasting settlement.
Israeli official says a misconception of the question, in which the problem of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, said a stumbling block to peace negotiations. ”The settlements were never an obstacle to the peaceful settlement of Israel nor Egypt nor Jordan. We have evacuated 21 flourishing settlements in the Gaza Strip, and what happened? “- He asks.
Israeli interlocutor Nezavisimaya Gazeta pointed to the harmful attempts to force a settlement without the consent of Israel through the UN Security Council resolution. In his opinion, it will not remain without response from Israel and lead to more serious consequences.