Hopes for Mideast peace hit low

  • Article by: JODI RUDOREN , New York Times
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 11:57 PM

Israelis and Palestinians see little chance for the stalemated peace process to restart with Obama's visit.

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mn2niceFeb. 10, 13 9:42 AM

Here is what I believe needs to happen with regard to the Palestinian Question. It is based on researching the UN Security Council's many Resolutions since 1967 on the dispute between Israel and the Palestinian people, reading the Proclamation of Independence of Israel available on the Knesset's website, reading the UN Charter, reading articles and scholarly works from experts on the subject, and from having closely followed this issue for over 20 years............ And I will have to break it up into sections to cover all the points. ..... 1. An immediate halt to settlement building by the Israeli's is step one. This must occur first, as settlement building has long been held to be illegal under international law, as it is occurring on land Israel illegally obtained as the fruits of war. 2. Step two is Palestine needs to assert its legitimate control over Hamas. This too must occur, which means Hamas is either crushed by the legal authority of the government of Palestine or Hamas agrees to permanently halt is terrorist activities.

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mn2niceFeb. 10, 13 9:45 AM

3. Step three, Israel must withdraw its troops from the West Bank. By maintaining troops in the West Bank, Israel is actively working to keep the Palestinian Authority from being able to maintain order and grow their economy. Israel actively thwarts their every move, keeping any economic activity from helping the Palestinians from becoming an independent state. So long as Israel maintains its blockade, any shipping entering the port at Ashdod being searched and commodities Israel deems unacceptable it confiscates, the ability of the Palestinians to build a self-sustaining economy will be limited. Also of note here is the relative size of Israel’s military compared to the disorganized size of the Palestinian forces. Israel possesses a modern military, complete with UAV’s, where the Palestinians possess no heavy artillery, no tanks, and no aircraft. Their weapon of choice is one of several rockets, such as the homemade Qassam, which can carry up to 20kg of explosives, and the Fajr-5, a longer range weapon with a range of 45+ kilometers. 4. Step four, Palestine needs to stop shooting rockets at Israel. Even though most of the rocket firings at Israel have little accuracy or ability to do significant damage, they can and do hit civilian areas in Israel. As of 2009, 22 Israelis had been killed by these rockets. The Palestinian Authority needs to stop these rockets from being fired at Israel.

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mn2niceFeb. 10, 13 9:57 AM

5. Step five, Israel needs to commit to accepting the borders in place at the start of the 1967 war. Under international law, they have no legitimate claim to any of the occupied territories. Israel wants these lands (the Golan Heights, The West Bank, and the Gaza Strip) so it has land on which it can build housing for its growing population and for a "buffer" zone to protect it from its Arab neighbors. 6. Step six, Palestine needs to acknowledge the right of the Israeli's to existence and statehood without fear of reprisal from Palestine. 7. Step seven, Israel must accept the right of the Palestinian people to self determination and statehood. Here, Israel cannot dictate the terms of this right. Any state cannot dictate the rights to be possessed by the inhabitants of any other state. Those rights are well established in international law, and connot be negotiated. See, e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the UN website. When, in what manner, and the timing of this pursuit is a matter for the UN to decide, not Israel. 8. And step eight, Israel must return the occupied territories to Palestinian rule, because they were obtained through the fruits of an illegal war. International law is very clear on this point. No state can invade the lands of another people and take them for their own benefit. This is a long-held doctrine dating back hundreds of years. Both parties must agree to live in peace as separate nations under the rule of international law. Israel must abide by the decisions of the United Nations, since as a member of the UN with full member-state status, it is bound by those decisions. As is the United States. (Chapter II, Article 4, paragraph 1 of the UN Charter)Not once in the history of this ongoing conflict has Israel abided by a single UN Security Council Resolution. As for the Palestinian people, they too, if they want full recognition as a member-state, must abide by the decisions of the UN. This must include Hamas. Hamas and others must stop firing rockets at Israel, and Israel must stop the activities they have been engaging in to thwart the peace process. There is no other way.

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