Putin To Host Palestinian Leader As Russia Touts Peacemaker Role
Putin To Host Palestinian Leader As Russia Touts Peacemaker Role
The Palestinian Authority has been widely criticised for maintaining security coordination with Israel
15 February, 2018, 07:35
He said last week that he hoped Russian Federation could assume a greater role in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, saying the United States "can no longer play a leading role".
The settlements are also illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that an occupying power "shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies".
But his comments about Israel mark rare criticism from a president who has publicly sparred with the Palestinians while forging warm ties with Israel ahead of the expected presentation of a United States peace outline.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a visit there, that India should play the role of a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, replacing United States who played the mediator role over the years.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu's been to Moscow", one senior US State Department official noted on Monday, in a briefing with reporters traveling with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson across the region.
Trump added that the issue of settlements will be discussed, when asked whether this issue would become a part of the USA plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Naturally, we spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement", he said. It marked "the beginning of a new [American] approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians". A Monday PA press release suggested there has been a behind-the-scenes effort to bring the U.S. back into the center of the Israel-PA peace talks, of which Netanyahu may not have been aware.
"In December, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, without securing concessions from Israel in return", Chris Meserole, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, told Newsweek. Since President Trump's Jerusalem announcement, we have met with leaders in countries that could help seek new peace - Russia, China, Japan, South Africa and India, alongside members of the European Union. So we support making Jerusalem an open city with free access for all, and a sovereign Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.
Ishtayeh added that "Jerusalem can not be taken out of the Palestinian context because the city with its people, historically, in terms of civilization, culture and religion is a major component of the Palestinian people".
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. If his administration's inability to be an honest broker opens the way for other parties to become mediators, Palestine can engage in meaningful discussions on a just and final peace.
In this regard, Ishtayeh said that the Palestinian attempts are continuing intensively to find multilateral global sponsorship to which Washington is a party and not the only party.
As we reported here Monday night (Netanyahu Claims He Discussed Annexing Settlements with US), it began with Netanyahu telling a Likud Knesset faction meeting that he has been engaged in ongoing talks with the Americans about Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria for some time, which received an all out denial from the same Americans, who basically said Bibi was lying. The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that talks with the USA has been on over the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drew swift condemnation from Palestinian leaders.
Ishtayeh added that the Palestinians will continue their efforts to achieve this and "to ensure that we are concerned with a serious and genuine political path based on global legitimacy and worldwide law".
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