Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
UN, EU & US mediated Israel-Palestine peace talks can make rapid progress if the major parties in Palestine, Fatah and Hamas come together to form a unity government.
Even while Fatah-Hamas unity is not progressing at all, the US mediated Israeli-Palestine talks are progressing as the Obama regime is keen to achieve the peace deal in Mideast.
Top officials from the United Nations, United States, Russia and European Union were to meet on February 1 to discuss how they can help US Secretary of State John Kerry’s drive for a Middle East peace deal.
While Fatah leader Abbas conducts talks with Israel on behalf of Palestine, the Hamas party ruling in Gaza does not trust Israel and refuses talks because of what they accuse Israel of “criminal” activities inside Palestine.
The reconciliation needs to be genuine and durable. Mutual distrust and hatred must be removed once for all. Difference of opinion should not be a negative phenomenon and Palestine groups should accommodate that and move further.
Not only the Hamas, but even many in Fatah and West bank are suspicious of the current US mediated peace talks.
On January 25, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank cities of Nablus and al-Khalil (Hebron) protested against US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposals for peace talks with Israel.
Protesters accuse that the talks deny Palestinians the right of return and allow expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
Meanwhile, Iran says a popular referendum can guarantee the rights of the Palestinian nation, noting that the White House pays no attention to solutions that acknowledge the rights of Palestinians.
Israel’s settlement expansion policy is one of the sticking points in the talks. Palestinians demand that East al-Quds (Jerusalem) be their capital and that Israel recognize borders based on the 1967 lines which existed before the Six-Day War.
Tel Aviv still refuses to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling officially to discuss the issue of East al-Quds, notwithstanding positive gestures from Israel, favoring the creation of Palestine.
Tel Aviv still refuses to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of East Jerusalem.