Saturday, March 21, 2015

Palestinians confirm U.S. 'studying' abandoning Israel at U.N.

Palestinians confirm U.S. 'studying' abandoning Israel at U.N.

By Aaron Klein 

TEL AVIV, Israel – A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party told WND his information confirms a report Thursday that the Obama administration is studying the possibility of supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the resumption of talks to create a Palestinian state.

Dmitry Diliani, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, stated, “Now the United States, at the same time, yes, it has been studying its position.

“Especially at a time when Benjamin Netanyahu basically not only slapped the face of American policy by a statement rejecting a two-state solution,” he said. “He spat on the face of the American policy. Something that I don’t think any American would allow this to happen to the greatest country in the world.”

Diliani further confirmed reports that in light of the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abbas may turn to the U.N. and other international bodies for recognition without the approval of Israel.

“This is something that is a total right for an independent state of Palestine that is recognized by the United Nations,” he said.

Diliani commented on Netanyahu’s election promise to reject the formation of a Palestinian state during his tenure in office.

Stated Diliani: “That means he basically canceled all the agreements. All the political planning in the region. Everything that is considered a political map for the whole region that was adapted by the whole world and former governments of Israel and the Palestinian people.”

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On the eve of this week’s elections, Netanyahu stated in a video interview with Israel’s NRG news website: “I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to the radical Islam against the state of Israel.”

He said anyone “who ignores this is sticking his head in the sand.”

“The left does this time and time again,” Netanyahu said. “We are realistic and understand.”

The interviewer asked Netanyahu specifically whether he meant that a Palestinian state would not be established if he were re-elected.

“Correct,” he replied.

On Thursday, Foreign Policy magazine quoted Western diplomats stating the Obama administration is “edging closer” to abandoning years of blocking U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing so-called peace talks.

The magazine reported the U.S. administration may back a resolution calling for the resumption of talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state, according to the unnamed Western diplomats.

The magazine indicated the Obama administration’s willingness to accept a U.N. resolution depends on the politics of Netanyahu’s soon-to-be formed coalition.

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If the new governing coalition consists of right-wing parties instead of a unity deal with the left, the likelihood of the U.S. supporting U.N. action would increase, the magazine indicated.

Reported Foreign Policy:

U.S. officials signaled a willingness to consider a U.N. resolution in the event that Netanyahu was re-elected and formed a coalition government opposed to peace talks. The United States has not yet circulated a draft, but diplomats say Washington has set some red lines and is unwilling to agree to set a fixed deadline for political talks to conclude.

“The more the new government veers to the right the more likely you will see something in New York,” the magazine quoted a Western diplomat as saying.

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