Obama leans against last-minute action on Israel

Obama leans against last-minute action on Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas attends the 25th Arab League summit, held for the first time in Kuwait City, on March 25, 2014. Hailed as one of the most triumphant feats of USA diplomacy in the 20th century, the accords that facilitated peace between Israel and her longtime enemy were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland on September 17, 1978. "That prospect is now in grave doubt", he wrote.

Rather than respond positively to far-reaching proposals for statehood put forward by Israeli prime ministers in 2000 and 2008, or to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's current call for "any time, any place" negotiations, Danon said, the Palestinian leadership focuses its time on "the political theater we are witnessing here today", comprising empty resolutions, empty speeches - and more promises of global funding on top of the billions of dollars it has already received. "The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on January 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine".

A Security Council resolution would have the force of global law, even if Trump, as president, rescinds any recognition of a Palestinian state. And those two foundational concepts have been the basis for the policy of the United States government and the global community ever since.

He said Obama had reaffirmed the crucial elements of the Camp David agreement and Resolution 242 by calling for a total freeze on Israeli building of settlements.

She also pointed out that discrimination against Palestinians living in Israel.

Thirty-eight years after the CDA, Carter feels the commitment to peace is in danger of abrogation.

"Despite the P.A.'s rejection of direct talks and its demand that Israel accept the pre-1967 armistice lines, re-divide Jerusalem and flood a truncated Jewish state with millions of Palestinian "refugees" - all essentially non-starters for Israel - Ban says the stalemated talks have "strengthened radicals and weakened moderates on both sides". Syria's Golan Heights have since been annexed, the West Bank virtually annexed by ever expanding settlements, and Sinai (minus Gaza) was only returned to Egypt after the 1973 war and the subsequent peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt. Syria thus remained (along with Iraq) the only Arab neighbouring state with which Israel is still not at peace.

This year, Israeli forces demolished more than twice the number of Palestinian homes and other structures compared to 2015. The one state reality this would create would pose significant policy challenges to the internationally community and effectively kill off the two state solution.

Carter (pictured above) has come under harsh criticism in Israel over his views on the situation in Palestine, expressed in part in his 2006 book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

Apart from being considered a blow to the so-called two-state solution, the comments reflected Trump's close ties with the ruling party in Israel, Likud, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at its helm.

All the European member states present in the room voted in favor of the resolution countries such as France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

A strong Security Council resolution would underscore that the Geneva Conventions and other human rights protections apply to all parties at all times.

Highlighting "policies of repression and discrimination against our Palestinian brothers", Turkey's president also said safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children armed with nothing but stones.