Quartet allows Israel to expand illegal occupation in Palestine?
By DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
Israel is bent upon complicating peace talks with Palestine people by deliberately and even foolishly building more and more illegal colonies, placating the illegal Jewish settlers. They repeat the same arguments and make similar fanatic comments over and over and over again, and they still make no sense.
Israel refuses to abide by international law and world opinion. The issue of Jewish settlements has been at the heart of a nearly five-year impasse in peace efforts. Negotiations broke down in late 2008 and have remained stalled since then. The Palestinians rightly say they will not return to negotiations until Israel stops building settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas they claim for a future state. Israel, which captured both areas in the 1967 Mideast war, says talks should resume without any conditions.
Illegal colonies in Palestine are against international law. More than 500,000 Israelis now live in illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians rightly say continued construction is a sign of bad faith and makes it increasingly difficult to partition the land between Israel and a future Palestinian state.
Israeli is now run practically by illegal settlers. Hawkish tricky Netanyahu’s Israel announced that it has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem, complicating the mission of US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew Mideast peace talks. USA described the move as “counterproductive.” Interestingly, the Israeli announcement came less than a week after Kerry urged Israel to avoid “provocative” actions during a visit to the region.
Since taking office early this year, Kerry has devoted significant efforts to restarting peace talks. He has visited the region four times, most recently last week, in search of a formula acceptable to both sides. During his visit last week, Kerry said it was impossible to expect Israel to halt all settlement construction. But he urged restraint and called on both sides to avoid any moves that could undermine his efforts.
This US double perception helps proliferation of colonies.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki chided Israel for the move. “Israelis must recognize that continued construction in East Jerusalem is counterproductive to the cause of peace and that an independent Palestine must be viable, with real borders that have to be drawn,” she said. “We’re at a pivotal time,” Psaki told reporters. “We need to focus on each side making tough choices in order to move a process or the possibility of negotiations forward. And that’s what our focus is on.”
Ramot is a sprawling development that lies mostly in territory Israel seized in 1967. Israel considers it a neighborhood of its capital. It seems the latest construction, in the Ramot area of east Jerusalem, was approved by the government long ago but in recent days, the housing ministry accepted a bid by a company to build the 300 housing units. The ministry had solicited the bids last year. Construction is expected to begin within a few months. The Housing Ministry is headed by the “Jewish Home,” a hardline party with close ties to the Jewish settler movement.
Proliferation of illegal colonies is a Zionist tactic to avoid negotiations. Even as the Zionist criminals continue to expand illegal settlements, they also simple blame Palestinians of making excuses to avoid peace talks. Israel kills Palestinians and ask them to return to direct negotiations “immediately in order to discuss” all outstanding issues. Palestinian official Saeb Erekat described the construction plans as “systematic destruction” of Kerry’s efforts by Israeli hardliners. “They are settlers, working for settlers,” Erekat said.
Palestinian officials immediately accused Israel of undermining the U.S. mediation efforts. Israel has tried to differentiate between settlements in the West Bank, which is not part of Israel, and east Jerusalem, which it annexed and claims as part of its capital. But the international community, including the U.S., does not recognize the annexation and considers both territories to be occupied.
Israel continues to derail peace process and tries to kill peace itself. Aides to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas say Kerry hopes to present a formal plan to resume long-stalled negotiations in coming weeks. They said the president was under pressure to accept some construction in Jewish settlements in blocs, particularly in those expected to lie on the Israeli side of a future border.
One fails to understand the logic behind Quartet, mandated to bring peace and settlement of Palestine state issue, allowing Israel to expand illegal occupation in Palestine. Also, what exactly Kerry would achieve in terms of real peace in Mideast, as US doublespeak goes unabated, remains to be seen. None seems to be keen for peace in energy rich Mideast.
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