DEBATE: Is A Two-State Solution Still Even Possible?

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Israeli MPs pass a new law making it harder for any future government to cede Jerusalem.

In the words of one Israeli opposition member of parliament: “When Jerusalem burns, everything burns”.

Nahman Shai fears a newly passed law in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, could lead to more unrest in the Middle East. The Israeli law makes it harder to divide the contested capital of Jerusalem in any future deal with the Palestinians. Israel says the city is its capital. Palestinian leaders say East Jerusalem has always been their capital.

It all could have a dramatic impact on any peace deal between Israel and Palestine – with some saying its yet another fatal blow to a possible two-state solution.

Middle East Quartet

UN, EU, US, & Russia ‘Biased’ In Favor of Israeli Occupiers

The text proposed a negotiated so-called two-state solution as the only way to achieve peace in the occupied territories, adding that the illegal Israeli settlements as well as the regime’s demolition of Palestinian homes and expropriation of land were “steadily eroding the viability of the [so-called] two-state solution.”

“This raises legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions, which are compounded by the statements of some Israeli ministers that there should never be a Palestinian state,” the Quartet report added.

Middle East Quartet: United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union
Middle East Quartet: United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union

“Quartet Report Biased In Favor of Israeli Occupiers: OIC,” Source: presstv.ir

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has censured a report by the Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome involved in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing that the document is biased in favor of Tel Aviv.

In a statement released on Saturday, OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani described the Quartet report as flawed, saying it “lacks objectivity.”

“The report is not objective while describing Israel’s occupation and its illegal policies which hinder a political solution,” Madani said.

The remarks came one day after the Quartet, comprising of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union, published its eight-page report following months of delays.

The text proposed a negotiated so-called two-state solution as the only way to achieve peace in the occupied territories, adding that the illegal Israeli settlements as well as the regime’s demolition of Palestinian homes and expropriation of land were “steadily eroding the viability of the [so-called] two-state solution.”

“This raises legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions, which are compounded by the statements of some Israeli ministers that there should never be a Palestinian state,” the Quartet report added.

The photo shows a general view of the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit, near the West Bank Palestinian city of Bethlehem, on May 17, 2016. ©AFP

Elsewhere in his remarks, the OIC chief urged the Quartet to act as a mediator to halt Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian lands and pave the way for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as the capital. They are also demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian lands occupied in a 1967 war.

The Tel Aviv regime, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

Additionally, the head of the Jeddah-based international organization noted that 2,420 Palestinians have been killed in the last two years, while many have had their houses destroyed, their water and electricity cut off, and their financial and natural resources seized.

The occupied territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in an alleged bid to change the status quo of the holy Muslim site.

Nearly 220 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in what is regarded as the third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) since the beginning of last October.

Netanyahu & French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

Israel’s Netanyahu says still opposed to French-led peace talks

Israel’s prime minister has taken a jab at a Paris initiative to restart Mideast peace talks. Netanyahu also questioned France’s impartiality over its support of an UNESCO resolution.

Netanyahu & French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Netanyahu & French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his country’s opposition to an international conference on reviving Middle East peace talks, which was set to take place this autumn in Paris.

The comments were made on Sunday during a visit from French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who hoped to change the Israeli leader’s mind.

“I told him the only way to advance genuine peace between us and the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between us and them, without preconditions,” Netanyahu told his cabinet after meeting with the French foreign minister.

He noted that anything other than bilateral negotiations gives the Palestinians an “escape hatch” to avoid recognizing Israel as the “nation state of the Jewish people.”

Ayrault also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank on Sunday to discuss the upcoming Paris conference.

“It is very clear to us, and I said this today to both the prime minister and to President Abbas, that we cannot take the place of the two parties,” the foreign minister told reporters. “Only they can conduct direct negotiations to achieve a solution.”

However, Ayrault defended the international gathering since the situation between the two countries is “currently stuck.” He added that “external intervention is necessary to provide renewed momentum.”

Doubting French ‘impartiality’

Netanyahu also slammed France on Sunday for its support over a UNESCO resolution on the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The resolution did not mention that the site is also revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred site in Judaism.

The prime minister said the France-approved resolution, “casts a shadow over the impartiality of the entire forum France is trying to convene.”

 Source: dw.com

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders confronted with ‘Jewish Zionist’ in New York – April, 9th 2016

In a New York town hall meeting, Bernie Sanders doesn’t answer the question directly posed to him about Zionist bankers and influence.  He manages to wiggle his way out of the topic, but giving a status quo answer at the end.

 

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