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At Paris Meeting, Major Powers Warn Trump Over Middle East Peace While Israel Bombs Gaza


January 16, 2017
Reuters & teleSURtv & The International Middle East Media Center - Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.

Some 70 countries reaffirmed on Sunday that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations. At the same time that diplomats from many countries issued an implicit warning to Donald Trump about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli tanks hit targets inside occupied Gaza.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-paris-cummunique-idUSKBN14Z0RT

Israel, Palestinians Warned against Solo Steps Harmful to Peace
John Irish, Lesley Wroughton and Marine Pennetier / Reuters

PARIS ((January 15, 2017) -- Some 70 countries reaffirmed on Sunday that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.

The final communique of a one-day international Middle East peace conference in Paris shied away from explicitly criticizing plans by US President-elect Donald Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, although diplomats said the wording sent a "subliminal" message.

Trump has pledged to pursue more pro-Israeli policies and to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all but enshrining the city as Israel's capital despite international objections.

Countries including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council were in Paris for the conference, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected as "futile".

Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were represented.

However, just five days before Trump is sworn in, the meeting was seen as a platform for countries to send a strong signal to the incoming American president that a two-state solution to the conflict could not be compromised on and that unilateral decisions could exacerbate tensions on the ground.

The participants "call on each side . . . to refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final-status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees and which they will not recognize," the final communique said.

A French diplomatic source said there had been tough negotiations on that paragraph.

"It's a tortuous and complicated paragraph to pass a subliminal message to the Trump administration," the diplomat said.

REAFFIRMING RESOLUTION 2334
US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters it would have been inappropriate to include the issue of moving the US embassy, it being publicly debated in the United States.

Relations between the United States and Israel have soured during President Barack Obama's administration, reaching a low point late last month when Washington declined to veto UN resolution 2334 demanding an end to Israeli settlements in occupied territory.

Paris has said the meeting did not aim to impose anything on Israel or the Palestinians and that only direct negotiations could resolve the conflict.

The final draft did not go into any details other than reaffirming UN Security Council resolutions, including 2334. Diplomats said that had been a source of friction in talks.

"When some are questioning this, it's vital for us to recall the framework of negotiations. That framework is the 1967 borders and the main resolutions of the United Nations," French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters.

Kerry, who abandoned his efforts to broker peace talks in April 2014, told reporters that the meeting had "moved the ball forward."

"It underscores this is not just one administration's point of view, this is shared by the international community broadly," he said.

France, home to Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, has tried to breathe new life into the peace process over the past year and argued that it should not play second fiddle to the war in Syria and the fight against Islamic State militants.

FOLLOW-UP MEETING?
The final statement said interested parties would meet again before year-end.

But Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting on Sunday that "this conference is among the last twitches of the world of yesterday . . . Tomorrow will look different and that tomorrow is very close."

Britain added its criticism on Sunday. A Foreign Office statement said the Paris conference risked "hardening positions" given Israel had objected to it and that the US administration is about to change.

Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a sharp rebuke on Israel last month to its US ally when she scolded Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the most right-wing in Israeli history. The criticism aligned her more closely with Trump.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said on Saturday that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem would kill off the peace process, said the Paris meeting would help at stopping "settlement activities and destroying the two-state solution through dictations and the use of force."

Additional reporting Lesley Wroughton in Paris and Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem.



Israel Bombs Gaza as Paris Peace Talks Receive Mixed Reactions
teleSURtv

(January 15, 2017) -- Israeli forces Sunday attacked the Occupied Gaza Strip using an artillery missile and a barrage of gunfire, an offensive that came as representatives from more than 70 countries met in Paris for a peace conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Witnesses told the Palestinian state agency WAFA that Israeli tanks patrolling the border area bombed with one missile and opened fired with machine guns towards a location east of Rafah. The attack did not cause any injuries but destroyed local infrastructure.

The agency said Israeli military claimed that the attack was in retaliation to its troops coming under fire from Gaza.



Meanwhile, in Paris diplomats from key European nations and members of the U.N. security council as well as many Arab countries, met for a one-day international Middle East peace conference where they warned of either side taking "unilateral" decisions without negotiations.

The participants "call on each side . . . to refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final-status issues, including . . . on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees and which they will not recognize," the conference's final statement said.

French diplomats said the statement made a veiled threat to US President-elect Donald Trump and his plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declaring the city Israel's capital.

A French diplomatic source told Reuters that there had been tough negotiations on that paragraph. "It's a tortuous and complicated paragraph to pass a subliminal message to the Trump administration."

While the Palestinian leadership welcomed the conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had rejected participating first when the talks were proposed, called the Paris meeting "useless."

"I must say that this conference is among the last twitches of yesterday's world. Tomorrow's world will be different — and it is very near," the Israeli prime minister declared in his weekly address.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who warned Saturday that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would kill off the peace process, said the Paris meeting would help stop "settlement activities and destroying the two-state solution through dictations and the use of force."

But Palestinian resistance groups and factions criticized the conference as participants failed to bring Israel to the table and warned that Netanyahu would simply turn to Trump to challenge any positive outcomes from the Paris talks.

Kayid al-Ghoul, a senior leader in the Gaza Strip for the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine told Palestinian news agency Ma'an Sunday the conference would suggest "bypassing the right of return and self-determination" for Palestinians by pushing for the mere US-backed two-state solution.

Talal Abu Tharifa, a Gaza-based leader within the left-wing Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, echoed the same concern saying that such a conference would create "low standards" regarding Palestinian rights, according to Ma'an.

Daoud Shihab, a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza, told the agency that the conference was just another attempt to resume a peace process "that Israel has already killed and buried, while the international community still refuses to admit that Israel is the main source" of the crisis.



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International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC)

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