By Ron Ross, 20th September, 2009
Interviews with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and quotes attributed to U.S. Middle East envoy Senator George Mitchell have rightly considered ‘security’ as a prime topic in the Middle East Peace Talks.
Clinton repeatedly compliments Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairmen Mahmoud Abbas as the dynamic duo who will make the courageous decisions necessary.
What is rarely mentioned is the key stumbling block. Netanyahu deflects all other discussions by insisting that the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is paramount to his agreement on everything else.
Nabil Shaath, a Palestinian negotiator and a senior member of the Fatah central committee, said that Israel’s demand of recognizing it as a Jewish state “is unacceptable according to international resolutions, because it targets the right of return for the Palestinians who left Palestine in 1948.”
While many want answers to the questions of settlements and security, Netanyahu made his position clear at a meeting with his cabinet. “A peace agreement is based, first of all, on the recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People,” he said.
“The Palestinian National Authority will never recognize that Israel is the national state for Jewish people, as such recognition will directly threaten the Muslim and Christian Palestinians in Israel, and will prevent the Palestinian refugees who left their homes and towns decades ago, from having the right to return,” PNA negotiator Nabil Shaath told reporters in Ramallah.
US envoy Mitchell has been encouraging Syria-Israel peace talks. In Damascus. He was clearly informed Syria wants the Golan before any talks. Two days later the Syrian leaders met with the Iranian Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who announced the Middle East Peace Talks had ‘failed.’
Ahmadinejad wants to ‘wipe Israel off the map!”
Let’s see. Syria wants the Golan. The Palestinian Authority want millions of Arabs to be afforded the right of return. Abbas wants Jerusalem. Netanyahu wants recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Clinton and Mitchell want us to believe they know what they are doing.
No wonder I prefer the Bible!