Editor’s Note: Israel is a nuclear-armed country not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In fact, Israel is the sixth country in the world which developed nuclear arms. Israel-Palenstine conflict is so intense that even a ‘moderate’ Palestine leader Jibril Rajoub claimed in 2013 that if they’d a nuclear weapon, they’d have nuked Israel. Many experts have been warning that Israel’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons threaten world peace.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
The international community as well as International court of justice consider all Israeli settlements to be illegal that were built on Palestine land seized by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.
The Palestinians want any peace deal to recognize borders based on the lines that existed before then, when Israel captured the West Bank, including east Jerusalem.
Israel also refuses to recognize the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002.
Israel last week announced plans to build some 1,800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, including annexed Arab east Jerusalem.
The announcement came only days after the latest peace mission by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who slammed the settlements as “illegitimate” and “unhelpful”.
Palestinian (Fatah) president Mahmud Abbas again warned against Israel using peace talks as a “cover” to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank. “There can be no peace without stability…” Abbas said.
After Israel unveiled the plans, Israeli military minister Moshe Yaalon launched a tirade against the Obama regime and Secretary of State John Kerry for his “obsession” with brokering a framework peace deal by April, sparking a diplomatic spat with Washington.
The Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee, founded by the pan-Muslim Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in 1975 to resist the confiscation of Palestinian land and assets in Jerusalem, met in Morocco recently.
The Al-Quds Committee demanded that international community must put pressure on Israel to stop the illegal and provocative settlement construction.
The financial arm of the Jerusalem Committee, Bayt Mal al-Qods, called on the 57 members of the OIC to provide financial contributions to fund health, education and social projects in the Holy City Jerusalem.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union for calling in ambassadors over plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli PM has also slammed suspension of UNESCO for a decision by the UN cultural agency to postpone an exhibit tracing 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and Israel, following pressure from Arab countries.
Netanyahu accused the European Union of a “hypocritical” attitude toward the Middle East peace process, saying it should be more concerned by Palestinian militancy than Israeli housing construction.
On the other hand, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas claimed Israel was using the peace talks as a “cover” to expand settlements in the West Bank.
The controversial settlement decision prompted Britain, Italy, France and Spain to summon Israeli ambassadors in protest.
It seems the Obama regime is keen for a deal for peace in Mideast, a determined USA is seen working tirelessly for a peace accord by April.
Kerry has focused his latest efforts specifically on security, with his team proposing a detailed plan for arrangements on the border between Jordan and a future Palestinian state.
Kerry, who has already made 10 trips to the region in less than a year in a quest for a framework agreement, was the target of a personal diatribe by Israeli Moshe Yaalon earlier this week that sparked a furious row between the “allies”.
Possibly fearing US reaction by stopping military aid, Yaalon later apologized but the spat underlined the estrangement between the “longtime allies”.
The Israel-Palestine problem has been a persistent threat to the world, even as some progress has been achieved in US mediated peace talks on Mideast crisis.