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Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker


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background:white”>On February 19, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office released the official 
logothat will be on all documents and signs during Obama’s visit late in March. The logo shows the words "Unbreakable Alliance" written in English and Hebrew under a combined Israeli and U.S. flagsestablished the closest working military and intelligence relationship with Israel in the country's history: Joint exercises and training, increased security assistance every year, unprecedented advanced technology transfers, doubling of funding for Israel's missile defense system, and assistance in funding for the Iron Dome system,” according to  in  line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:black;background:
white”>Speaking exclusively to RFI Hanan Ashrawi, the
line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-language:AR-JO”>Our experience has been really tragic with this American administration,” which “started with such high hopes and tremendous promises,” but “they backed down so quickly it was incredible,” she added, to conclude: “The U.S. has disqualified itself as a peace broker.”

mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black;background:white”>there are no plans to celebrate” Obama’s visit to Ramallah, because “they haven’t forgotten the part he played” in aborting the PLO’s efforts in 2011 to win the United Nations’ recognition of Palestine statehood as a full member and in opposing its UN recognition as a non – member observer state the next year, according to Shlomi Eldar in Al-Monitor on February 14. Still, to make a bad situation worse, Obama will convey the same message to Abbas during his upcoming visit, because “our position has not changed” neither to Palestinian statehood nor to Palestinian national reconciliation according to line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-language:AR-JO”>Obama will visit on the backdrop of a two–year old simmering Palestinian – U.S. political crisis, which potentially could explode in the aftermath of his visit.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:black;background:
white”>Earlier this month, Israel in an unprecedented move boycotted the UN Human Rights Council because a year – long investigation by the council produced a report urging that “
line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-language:AR-JO”> must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories).” The report stated that about 250 settlements were established in the Israeli –occupied Palestinian West Bank where 520,000 settlers live now, which the report said could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes.

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line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-language:AR-JO”>“It’s plain and simple: Either the settlements or peace … even Obama won’t get us abandon this principle,” PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat was quoted as saying on February 14.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs): “ … the Israelis and the Palestinians might be engaging in serious, face-to-face negotiations on a peace treaty by this time.”

 

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Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Bir Zeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

nassernicola@ymail.com

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