Rejecting Negotiations with Israel
In the course of the first week of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly a great deal of media attention has been paid to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, which focused on the problem posed by Iran’s nuclear program. By contrast, very little attention was paid to the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas, a speech that offers very little hope of a peace agreement in the near future.
Abbas made it quite clear that he is not prepared to enter into negotiations with Israel. As he put it “marathon negotiations are not required to determine … the core components of a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” These components, he said, “are the clearest and most logical in the world.” They include “the realization of the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, over the entire territory occupied by Israel since 1967, and the realization of a just, agreed solution to the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with resolution 194 (iii), as prescribed in the Arab Peace Initiative.”