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Aipac Memo

Aipac Memo

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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 oJerusalem.‡ 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.´
 
‡ President Obama has publically rejected the Palestinian unilateral approach at the United Nations, saying on May 22 that ³no vote at the United Nations will ever create anindependent Palestinian state.´ On May 25, Obama called the Palestinian efforts at theU.N. a ³mistake.´‡ While demanding the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state prior to final-statusnegotiations, Palestinian leaders continue to refuse to affirm Israel¶s status as thehomeland of the Jewish people, as President Obama has articulated.‡ In fact, the PA is backing efforts aimed at delegitimizing the existence of the Jewishstate. The PA supported efforts by Palestinians in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza to overrunIsrael¶s borders during the ³Nakba´ protests in May against the creation of the State oIsrael in 1948.‡ Abbas praised the protestors that violated Israel¶s borders, saying, ³Their precious blood« was spilt for the sake of our nation¶s freedom.´
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bbas¶ decision to sign a unity deal with Hamas is another major blow to U.S.-led peaceefforts:
 ‡ Rather than talking with Israel, Abbas signed a deal to form a unity government withHamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group bent on destroying Israel.‡ Under the April 27 accord between Hamas and Fatah, Hamas did not accept the Quartet¶s(U.S., U.N., E.U. and Russia) conditions of recognizing Israel¶s right to exist, rejectingviolence and endorsing previous Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements in order to participate in the transitional government and election.‡ Fatah appears to have decided to reconcile with Hamas rather than abide by its peacecommitments to Israel, under which it is required to fight terror. Incorporating anunreformed Hamas into the PA makes it impossible for the Palestinians to meet thesecommitments.‡ Hamas¶ past involvement in political activity has not moderated or otherwise altered itsstated goal of destroying Israel and building a radical Islamist society.‡ President Obama has made clear that Israel cannot reach an agreement with Hamas,saying, ³No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to itsdestruction²and we will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilitiesof peace, including recognizing Israel¶s right to exist and rejecting violence and adheringto all existing agreements.´

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