MEMO: Palestinian Provocations Undermining U.S. Peace Efforts
Rather than responding to Israel¶s efforts to negotiate peace, the Palestinian Authority (PA) isengaging in diplomatic warfare against the Jewish state. The PA is choosing reconciliation withHamas over talks with Israel, and is campaigning internationally to isolate Israel. The UnitedStates²which is trying to facilitate direct peace talks²should strongly oppose PA provocationsand veto Palestinian attempts to seek U.N. Security Council recognition of a Palestinian stateoutside negotiations with Israel.
Palestinian preconditions are blocking U.S. and Israeli efforts to restart peace talks:
PA President Mahmoud Abbas is blocking the resumption of talks by setting onerous preconditions on issues that are supposed to be solved through negotiations. The Palestinians wasted nearly 10 months of an unprecedented Israeli moratorium onhousing starts in the West Bank by avoiding negotiations. Now they refuse to talk withIsrael until the Jewish state halts all construction in the West Bank and the eastern part of Jerusalem. The Palestinians have now stepped up their preconditions by demanding that Israel publicly commit that a Palestinian state will be based on the pre-June 1967 lines withmutually agreed land swaps. According to prior Israeli-Palestinian agreements, all final status issues²includingsettlements, borders, Jerusalem, refugees and security²are to be determined throughnegotiations, not predetermined prior to talks.
The Palestinians are implementing a strategy of diplomatic warfare to isolate Israel and avoid talks:
At the same time the PA is refusing to talk with Israel, it has launched a campaignoutside the negotiations process to win admission as a full member of the United Nations by this September. By avoiding negotiations and seeking recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967lines with Jerusalem as its capital, the Palestinians are violating past agreements withIsrael that say the conflict must be solved through direct negotiations between the parties. Abbas, in a May 16 New York Times op-ed, said the admission of a Palestinian state intothe United Nations is not part of a strategy to solve the conflict, but a way to perpetuate it.He said this step ³would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legalmatter, not only a political one.´