Sunday, April 24, 2016

Another Proposed Sham Israel/Palestinian Peace Conference

Another Proposed Sham Israeli/Palestinian Peace Conference

by Stephen Lendman

The longstanding Israeli/Palestinian peace process is the greatest hoax in modern times, repeating on and off for decades, dead-on-arrival each time, accomplishing nothing.

Obama hopes to lay the groundwork for another round of sham talks after he leaves office. France proposed an international conference in Paris this summer, presenting general ideas and principles only. Solutions remain elusive.

Months of John Kerry’s mediated talks collapsed in April 2014. America is no honest broker, one-sidedly supporting Israel, spurning Palestinian rights.

France’s position is no different. Israel rejects Palestinian self-determination. Liberation depends on resistance, not more talks achieving nothing.

A Paris meeting later this week is expected to involve high-level international diplomats, according to Palestinian ambassador to France Salman al-Harfi.

Israeli and Palestinians representatives aren’t attending. Objectives include agreeing on a way to achieve Palestinian statehood within pre-1967 borders, Jerusalem as a shared capital for both states, and resolving the right of return issue.

Mahmoud Abbas’ draft Security Council resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements was withdrawn. It wasn’t a serious effort in the first place, having no chance to pass.

Netanyahu criticized the French initiative. Israel rejects Palestinian self-determination. It wants full control over future talks - to manipulate them to its advantage.

It long ago declared Jerusalem its exclusive capital, categorically rejects the right of diaspora Palestinians to return home.

It wants endless war and turbulence. Peace and stability defeat its imperial aims.

On Saturday, it approved stealing another 1,250 acres of privately owned Palestinian land, declared “state land” under full military control.

It’s intended for expanding illegal settlements - more proof Israel wants continued conflict, not peace.

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