maandag 13 september 2010

Netanjahoe hint op gedeeltelijke voortzetting bouwstop nederzettingen

 
Israel wil erkenning als Joodse staat en de Palestijnen willen voortzetting van de bouwstop. Je zou zeggen dat een uitruil dan een optie is. Dat zou werkelijk vooruitgang betekenen.
 
The prime minister stated that "we say that the solution is two states for two peoples, meaning two national states, a Jewish national state and a Palestinian national state.  To my regret, I have yet to hear from the Palestinians the phrase 'two states for two peoples'.  I hear them saying 'two states' but I do not hear them recognizing two states for two peoples."
 
Sterker nog, in de media en in hun gedrag laten ze duidelijk merken helemaal geen Joodse rechten in Israel te erkennen, en wordt het hele land 'bezet Palestina' genoemd dat bevrijd moet worden. Dat geldt niet alleen voor Hamas, maar ook voor media onder PA controle (zie bijvoorbeeld: Op Palestijnse TV zijn Israelische steden "bezette Palestijnse steden".
 
De Palestijnse delegatie heeft de eis tot erkenning van Israel als Joodse staat inmiddels echter al van de hand gewezen, zoals men dat tot nu steeds heeft gedaan, en uitgesloten dat dit verder besproken zal worden tijdens de onderhandelingen. Misschien moet Israel zeggen dat het pas over de nederzettingen wil praten als ook deze erkenning opnieuw op de agenda komt.
De verklaring die de PA geeft voor de afwijzing van deze Israelische eis is overigens zeer verhelderend:

He said the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would harm Arab Palestinians inside Israel and negate the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Het is dit 'recht op terugkeer' van de vluchtelingen dat inderdaad een einde zou maken aan het zelfbeschikkingsrecht van de Joden en daarmee indruist tegen de tweestatenoplossing. En zolang dat is wat de Palestijnen, ook de 'gematigde' PA van Abbas, willen, lijkt vrede me onmogelijk.

RP
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The Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu signals partial building freeze will continue
By JPOST.COM STAFF
09/12/2010 14:41
http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Article.aspx?id=187831


PM: "Its all or nothing, but there are also intermediate options to consider"; Yishai: "We need to face the truth and not bury our heads in the sand."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu finally referred to the West Bank building freeze on Sunday after pressure from ministers during a weekly cabinet meeting on the matter.

Netanyahu signaled that a partial freeze will continue to be enforced even though in the past he promised that building in the West Bank will continue as normal once the freeze ends.

"Its all or nothing, but there are also intermediate options to consider," Netanyahu said during a Likud ministerial meeting.

"I don't know if there will be a comprehensive freeze," he said. "But I also don't know if it is necessary to construct all of the 20,000 housing units waiting to be built."

The prime minister did not discuss the settlement freeze at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, much to the surprise of many ministers.

Contrary to Netanyahu's earlier silence on the issue, a number of ministers gave their opinion on the issue of the West Bank building moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of September.

Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog referred to the settlement freeze and said that the talks scheduled for Sharm e-Sheikh "are an important step.... Brave steps need to be taken during the negotiations, even if that means a continuation of the settlement freeze."

In contrast, Interior Minister Eli Yishai claimed that "we need to face the truth and not hide our heads in the sand. I am very skeptical. I do not believe that the Palestinians want political negotiations."

Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Israel as Jewish state

Netanyahu said that a peace agreement is based, first of all, on the recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People.

"The conflict between us and the Palestinians, as opposed to other conflicts that were resolved by peace agreements, is over the same piece of ground," Netanyahu continued.

The prime minister stated that "we say that the solution is two states for two peoples, meaning two national states, a Jewish national state and a Palestinian national state.  To my regret, I have yet to hear from the Palestinians the phrase 'two states for two peoples'.  I hear them saying 'two states' but I do not hear them recognizing two states for two peoples."

Netanyahu referred to the scheduled meeting in Sharm a-Sheikh on Tuesday and said "I believe that if the Palestinian leadership adheres to continuous negotiations, despite the obstacles that are coming up on every side, and if it is serious and determined in its intention to advance towards peace, just as we are serious, then it will be possible to,within a year, reach a framework that will be the basis for a peace settlement.

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